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Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:54 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:51 am
 

Edwin Jackson's agent Scott Boras spent Wednesday in Phoenix, site of the baseball owners meeting, and met with Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner to discuss a potential deal for the free agent righthander.

Yankees people seem to like Jackson but want to keep deals short because one of their greatest goals is to somehow get their payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. That isn't going to be easy for a team that's had a payroll in the $200-million range for years and is committed to $125 million for 10 players in '14, but the reward is that their tax would go from 50 percent on dollars above the cap to a much more manageable 17 percent.

The Yankees are also in contact with Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt, two more free agents, but they seem concerned about Kuroda's appetite to pitch in New York and Oswalt's soundness following an injury-plagued year. Jackson has the advantages of youth (he's 28) and durability on his side. While Jackson is 47-41 over the past four years, the Yankees may envision an improvement pitching for them. Jackson is a hard thrower who's had success pitching against the other A.L. East teams (he's 7-1 with a 3.10 ERA vs. the other four AL East teams over the past three years).

Jackson has drawn interest elsewhere (the Orioles and Blue Jays are others thought to have interest) but seems to have a particular interest in playing for the Yankees.


Comments

Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:42 am
 

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Those poor Yanks, getting older and older every year. I use to despise them, now I laugh at them in pity. Fatolo Colon and Freddy Garcia? Lol. Edwin jax won't do a damn thing to help out that pathetic excuse for an MLB staff. Good luck, I hope the Rays annihilate the east.
Amazing insight thank you for sharing. 



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:17 am
 

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Those poor Yanks, getting older and older every year. I use to despise them, now I laugh at them in pity. Fatolo Colon and Freddy Garcia? Lol. Edwin jax won't do a damn thing to help out that pathetic excuse for an MLB staff. Good luck, I hope the Rays annihilate the east.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:14 am
 

He is still a tenth round draft choice in fantasy

Jackson still comes up available in every fantasy baseball draft by the time the tenth round comes;  this translates to no better than a number four pitcher in a rotation and comes after at least 60 other starting pitchers (and probably more).  Why the Yankees  front office would be interested in a number 61 ranked pitcher is beyond my comprehension.  Be a bit creative and make a deal for a top ten or twenty pitcher.  There are plenty of deals out there ready to be made.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

More likely he has a particular interest in making Yankee money.


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