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Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:26 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:47 pm
The Yankees and Orioles are among teams considering free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, who's still looking for a home despite having youth and durability on his side.

The Yankees are telling folks they don't want to do more than a one- or two-year deal for free agents, as they seem to be serious about their intention to push their payroll down below the luxury tax threshhold in 2014, thereby reducing their tax from 50 percent to 17 percent and allowing them to resume their free-spending ways after '14. They seem pretty serious about that stance, so unless Jackson would continue a shorter deal, he would seem to have to look elsewhere. The Yankees could look at Hiroki Kuroda ad Roy Oswalt, but there's a question about whther Kuroda wants to play aywhere but Los Angeles in the states and the Yankees don't seem as interested in Oswalt at the moment.

New Orioles GM Dan Duquette seems to save saved some money for late i the winter and is talking to several pitchers and some outfield and leadoff candidates. Jackson, 27, is the best young free agent starter remaining. He fits the Orioles better than Oswalt or Kuroda because those two pitchers are considerably older.

Jackson is said to be seeking $15-to-17 million annually while Kuroda and Oswalt are thought to be looking for $13-to-14 million.

Jackson's selling point is his age (28 now) and ability to take the ball. He is one of only three pitchers 27 or younger who's started more tha 30 games each of the past five years, with the others being Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez. Even if you push it to pitchers under 30 who've done that, James Shields and Justin Verlander are the only two added to that short list. What works against Jackson is a career 60-60 record and 4.46 ERA, though a rookie year in Tampa when he was 5-15 with a 5.76 ERA skews those lifetime marks.


Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:58 am

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

Well yeah, the Yankees could likely find a more accomplished &/or talented SP via a potential trade, but GM Brian Cashman has been seemingly loathe to part with his upper tier prospects in order to acquire that kind of a pitcher.  Supposedly they were at least interested on the periphery as far as Gio Gonzalez went before he was dealt & were interested in Matt Garza before they realized just what it would take to acquire him.  Edwin Jackson is a better pitcher than given credit for by most casual fans & would probably do well in New York, but the Yankees' reticence to hand out a long term deal is somewhat understandable.  If the market for Jackson is lacking, he could very well end up in the Bronx but Baltimore might dole out a four or five year deal which the Yankees wouldn't likely want any part of. 

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:19 am

Jackson goes off Fantasy draft after round 10

If Fantasy baseball at CBS is any indication, then Edwin Jackson is not a number two pitcher.  ALL the teams in fantasy baseball picked Jackson at the tenth round or later and many picked him MUCH later.  He is just too incosistent.  Better to swing a trade for a real number two (who might even become an ace), then a number four, which is what Jackson projects out to by just about every person who plays fantasy baseball.  I agree with another blogger that swinging a deal for King Felix would be a good investment.  (they already missed the boat on Grienike). 

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:05 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

Just FYI, Jackson's agent is Scott Boras, who also represents Fielder and Madson, both of whom are also unsigned. Its pretty clear that either teams don't want to deal with Boras anymore and are teaching him a lesson, or Boras has seriously overpayed his hand and is going to cost his clients a lot of money. Interesting to see whether players start leaving him for less known, less confrontational agents.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:22 am

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

I dont believe that the Yankees looking at Edwin Jackson is a bad thing. The only problem I have is the money is a little high for a three or fourth starter. If you are going to spend money why dont you just go and make a trade offer to Seattle for King Felix. Then you will have a one and two at the top of your rotation and Burnett and Hughes can for three and four and Garica the fifth starter. It takes press off of Burnett and Hughes because we have seen that they are not the big time pitcher the organization thought they were.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:40 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

Wow that is a lot of money for a 60-60 lifetime pitcher with a 4.4 ERA.

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:00 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

if the O's would give Jackson 15 mil, why not give 20 mil to prince who is an everyday player that would put fan back in the seats

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:01 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

Is Edwin Jackson really going to be much of an upgrade over Ivan Nova, AJ Burnett, or Phil Hughes??  I really don't see Jackson being much better than any of those guys listed, especially pitching for the Yankees and in the AL East.  Cashman would be foolish wasting money on this guy.  No thanks.  

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:09 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

I watched Edwin pitch for the Cards last year and he can be real good at times, but is very inconsistent.  You just don't know what you're getting from game to game.  7-8 mill a year is all I would go, and for two years only.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:14 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

is jackson insane? 15MM-17MM a year???

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:48 pm

Orioles, Yankees considering Edwin Jackson

As a yankee fan.  I am hoping they can sign Edwin for up to 2 years for around 36 million.  He is a young pitcher who does have some control issues at times.  However there isn't much available unless they want to give up some of their young prospects.  

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