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Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:39 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:07 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Edwin Jackson is entering his 10th major-league season, and he'll do so with his seventh team. He is an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal, which was first reported by CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman, is pending a physical and Heyman reports it's believed to be between $8 million and $12 million.

"We saw an opportunity here to acquire a young, hard-throwing, power-pitching, innings-eating type of starting pitcher, and we thought it was good value at a good term," general manager Mike Rizzo said during a telephone conference call.

Jackson, 28, went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 199 2/3 innings last season for the White Sox and Cardinals. He was dealt to St. Louis in late July and ended up winning a World Series ring with St. Louis. Also, while control was an issue early in  Jackson's career, his walk rate was a career-low 2.8 per nine innings in 2011.

"His walks are trending in the right direction," Rizzo said.

Jackson had a .339 opponents' batting average with the bases empty and a .239 average with runners on last season, but the Nationals think they can work with the issue.

"We're going to make a few tweaks to his delivery," Rizzo said. "Last year he was a different pitcher out of the windup than he was from the stretch."

Washington offseason
The Nationals won their arbitration hearing with fourth starter John Lannan this week, but the signing of Jackson could be a signal Lannan is on the move via trade. In fact, Fox Sports reported earlier Thursday the Nats are "aggressively shopping" Lannan. The Nationals now have a very strong front four in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Jackson with either Chien-Ming Wang or Lannan filling the fifth spot. No matter who it is, that's a formidable top to bottom rotation.

Note that Strasburg is on an innings limit and the Nats can't be sure if Wang will hold up all season, so it wouldn't hurt to have extra starting pitching. If they did deal Lannan, they could still turn to Ross Detwiler, Craig Stammen or Tom Gorzelanny in a pinch. But for now, it's all about adding Jackson.

Jackson has been unable to find a permanent home in his career, but he's always been a productive pitcher. He doesn't profile as a frontline starter, but Washington doesn't need him to be one. He has great experience for his age, with over 1,000 regular-season innings pitched and seven postseason appearances, including four starts. Also good for Jackson is that Nationals Park profiles as a slight pitchers' park.

Jackson had been asking for a three- to five-year contract, but when the market dried up, agent Scott Boras and Jackson looked for a one-year deal so they could hit the market again next season. Washington bit.

"It made it much more palatable to us," Rizzo said.

The Nationals are coming off an 80-81 season in which they finished third place in the NL East for the first time since moving to Washington. With a full season of Strasburg and the additions of Gonzalez and Jackson, they appear eager to compete in a loaded division.

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Comments

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Nats and marlins have improved, but I still bet the Mets finish ahead of one of them.



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

I dont remember anyone saying a negative word when the Yankees paid $10M to Kuroda this year. Many pundits thought the Cubs did quite well with the 1-year $10M deal for Carlos Pena last year. Everybody pretty much acknowledged that Boston's latest deal with Papi was a good one for all parties and I can't remember a time when Philly got criticized for ANY of their signings - not even Raul Ibanez's! The White Sox? They deserve criticism for their overpayment on Dunn and Rios, though even they got props for having Santos on a cheap deal (which they dealt to Toronto), Konerko on a great deal, and at one time Buerhle on a good deal.

The fact that Washington's most valuable talent is homegrown (J Zimmermann, R Zimmerman, Strasburg, Desmond, Espinoza, Soren, and eventually Harper) is a huge reason why they get more credit than the other clubs. Werth, Gio, and E-Jax are solid players, but they're complementary pieces. The Yankees are probably 70% bought vs 30% homegrown, Philly's rotation is 60/40 bought though their infield is mostly home-grown (Ut, Howard, JR), and Boston is a healthy mixture. The Cubs are a patchwork and the ChiSox are are mostly bought.

So frankly, I understand why nobody complains about the Nationals. I dont like any of the teams mentioned, but I think their treatment by the media is mostly fair in regards to criticizing the homegrown vs bought pieces of their teams. All of those clubs deserve SOME criticism for buying teams, so be it.




Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

As a Braves fan, I gotta admit I'm a little worried about Washington this year! They've made some incredible moves to improve their team particularly their pitching! So just when I was thinking Philly was on their way down and my Braves would be back on top in the East, here comes those Nats! They're just gonna keep getting better with all the young talent they have too.

This signing is cute but nothing to worry about fellow fan, they're still a 3rd place team at best. Even with Jacksons WAR numbers added in to the equation of wins for next years team they're still only slightly above .500 and barring last years collapse by the Braves they are going to win many more games than they did last year. I agree that the Phillies are on the downturn. Should be interesting to see how the season plays out.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

So they are paying $10 million for a number 4 starter who has played on 7 teams in 10 yrs.  There's probably a reason none of those other teams decided to keep him.  I mean, there are a lot of really good players that change teams every year.  Oh wait, no there's not.  Teams sign good players to multi year deals and head case underachievers to 1 yr deals.  Good luck finishing .500 again this year Nats. 
There may be a reason other teams decided not to keep him, but that may not reflect badly on Jackson.

Look at the trades Jackson was involved in. Teams gave up pretty good players to get him. Tampa, used a surplus of quality starting pitching to get a solid everyday player from Detroit (Matt Joyce). Detroit traded him as part of the 3-way Granderson deal with Arizona and Yankees (technically 4-way considering the A's were slightly involved). Arizona, not exactly deep in starting pitching and nowhere near contending, acquired prospects in exchange and saved a bit of money. Lastly, the Cardinals, needing starting pitching in the short term and ready to throw in the towel on Colby Rasmus, acquired him in another 3-way trade at the deadline. With the Cardinals getting Wainright back this year, they really don't need Jackson, certainly not at the salary he's getting.

Seems like the main reason Jackson has been drifting from team to team is that he's good but not great, and there's always someone that badly needs what he can do for them in the short term. After a while this kind of thing can become self-fulfilling, so no one will be willing to sign him long-term because they know that if they need him they can trade for him.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

How come the Nationals (#9 tv market) get kudos for trying to buy and trade their way to a title, but NY, LA, Philly, Chicago, and Boston get killed for it and their GMs are challeneged to see how smart they are without financial backing?



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

So they are paying $10 million for a number 4 starter who has played on 7 teams in 10 yrs.  There's probably a reason none of those other teams decided to keep him.  I mean, there are a lot of really good players that change teams every year.  Oh wait, no there's not.  Teams sign good players to multi year deals and head case underachievers to 1 yr deals.  Good luck finishing .500 again this year Nats.  



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:39 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

I believe at best Jackson is a number 3 pitcher in the NL and no better than a number 4 in the AL East.

Jackson basically has two pitches, an above average fastball and power slider. Does this sound like another Yankee pitcher?  Yes AJ Burnett.

I was hoping that Brian Cashman would have double down and signed this guy.  He could have had two high price projects in his rotation.

Other things AJ Burnett and Jackson have in common. Both he and AJ Burnett were once considered can't miss prospects.  Both have become more of an enigma.

Signing this guy for 5 to 7 million dollars less than he said he wanted and for only one year is a good deal for Washington.  Sounds like Boras pulled another Millwood deal.  He talked about the great offers he had for Millwood and then had him sign for one year. He went from making 11 million to 7 million with Cleveland.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

That is the formation of a nice rotation...now if they could jettison Werth!!! They could be a contender this year! At very least for wild card but maybe even the NL East!



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Good deal for the Nats.  One year at $10 mil and if he proves himself then try to give him an extension.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Nats need another good bat in the middle of the lineup or a better leadoff man.  Maybe they can put a package together around Lannan to get somebody.  The expanded playoffs may give them a chance.  I would like to think they will be competitive - if not this year, certainly going forward.



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