Chicago Cubs: Evaluating Jon Lieber’s underappreciated body of work

Jon Lieber, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Tannen Maury/Getty Images)
Jon Lieber, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Tannen Maury/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: Starting a new adventure

During the 2002 off-season, Lieber signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees. He would miss the 2003 season due to recovering from the surgery. In 2004 he returned and started 27 games for the Yankees posting a 14–8 record, a 4.33 ERA, 102 strikeouts.

His 14 win season would tie him with eight other pitchers for eighth in the American League. Lieber would go on to pitch in the postseason for the Yankees it would be the only time he would throw in the postseason in the AL and for his career. He went 1-1 in two different series, compiling nine strikeouts over the 21 innings he pitched.

Before the 2005 season, Lieber signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was named their opening day starter for the 2005 season. He would end up spending the next three years with the Phillies. In 76 games (74 starts), Lieber went 29-30, with a 4.55 ERA, and a 3.0 WAR. Injuries would come into play once again, as he would end his 2007 campaign with a ruptured tendon in his right foot.