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Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:20 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 2:00 pm
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Edwin JacksonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Remember when the Pirates were accused of hoarding their money and not trying to spend any money to get better?

Well, now they're willing  to pay -- but nobody wants their money.

Well, that's a little extreme. I'd take it, you'd take it. But neither Roy Oswalt nor Edwin Jackson would take it. Both players turned down, despite offers as much as $10 million, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Jackson, who took a one-year, $10 million from the Nationals last week, was offered deals for both one and three years, with the three-year deal being "slightly less" per year than the one-year deal.

Roy OswaltOswalt on the other hand, is still unsigned, but turned down the Pirates.

The Pirates' opening-day payroll is expected to be around $48 million -- the lowest in the National League Central.

Pittsburgh led the NL Central -- which send two teams to the playoffs and is home to the World Series champs -- as late July 25, but finished fourth with a record of 72-90, for its 19th consecutive losing season.

One of the reasons the Pirates faltered late was its starting pitching, which stumbled down the stretch. Pirates starters were 35-28 with a 3.62 ERA in the first half of the season and 14-33 with a 5.04 in the second half.

Pittsburgh added lefty Erik Bedard as a free-agent, but his injury history makes him tough to count on for a full season. With Charlie Morton's availability for the start of the season in doubt, Bedard may be the team's opening-day starter. James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Jeff Karstens likely round out the rotation.

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Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:42 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers


Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:25 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

XBombers, I am not sure about Oswalt because when he returned last year his fastball came back with him

I always thought that he would be a good fit for the Yanks for one year.

Back to the Pirates SI as late as the end of July of 2011 called them the biggest surprise in baseball.  Then all of the injuries started to take effect.

I like many of their young players including Jose Tabata who they stole from the Yankees.  

Getting both of these pitchers would have helped them really turn the corner. They could have been in on something special in Pittsburg.    

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:44 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Oswalt might as well wait until the All-Star break and hope a team wants to rent his services.  You dont start moaning about your back and retirement if you ever want to get another big payday.  Plus it doesnt help that he's just not that good anymore.  As for the Pirates, they are so awful and now they overpay for everyone.  Barmes for 5 million a year?  Are you kidding me?  Who was going to give him 3?  They would be way better off saving money to resign their home grown talent than bringing in journeymen for too much money.  Oswalt and Jackson knew what the Pirates were doing, signing them to be trade bait at the break.  Although adding Bedard was potentially a great gamble.  If he can pitch well for the first half of the year I'm sure they can find some stupid GM with a short memory to give them some prospects for him.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:12 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

I don't blame anyone for not going to the Pirates. The final nail in the coffin of the Pirates franchise if anyone wants to watch.


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:54 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

XBombers: Oswalt would be the Red Sox version of John Smoltz all over again.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:45 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Roy Oswalt...I am glad you aren't coming to Detroit.  I would rather have Lee Harvey Oswald on our team than you.  You are over-rated and your career is coming to a screaching hault very soon.  Maybe the Texas Rangers would be the best fit...and you can visit Dealey Plaza while you are there.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:35 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

lol @xmas tree

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:49 pm

Owalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

As a Pirates fan, I wish that were the case but from all reports, both turned the Pirates down.  The Pirates were willing to offer Jackson 3 years/$30 million and he opted to go with the 1 year/$11 million deal.  Reasons may vary on why. 

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:37 pm

Owalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

I don't believe for a split second that Edwin Jackson turned down a three year offer from anyone. Unless the money was a different shade than green or the offer was really below market for the extra years, Edwin Jackson would sign with anyone on the planet (he's in the process of working on that now actually).

Roy Oswalt is just a baby who needs to hide on an NL club with offensive support. Even with Boston throwing him a very generous contract, Roy knows he would be lit up like a Christmas tree the second he steps into the AL East.

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