Edwin Jackson's agent, Scott Boras, is looking to get his client a $10 million to $12 million contract for the 2012 season. The Boston Red Sox have offered him a deal worth half of that.
According to The Boston Globe, the Red Sox have offered Jackson a one-year deal worth between $5 million and $6 million.
Boston might not have not realized it, but they are an afterthought for Roy Oswalt as he ponders the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. In addition to being unable to upgrading their subpar pitching staff, they have also watched the New York Yankees to drastically improve their pitching.
The Yankees' addition of Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda will make them even harder to catch in the division.
The Red Sox should be making deals left and right after missing the playoffs last season. Instead they have offered Oswalt and Jackson insulting deals. A $5 million deal was not going to get it done with Oswalt and it will not get it done with Jackson.
If they want to compete and be taken seriously in the American League East, they will need to make serious offers to pitchers.
Jackson has the potential to be a great pitcher and can be very valuable to any team, especially the Red Sox, who have already lost out on Oswalt.
They are in desperation mode and should start making offers as though they are.
Boston's pitching staff will not be able to shut down the American League the way it is now. They couldn't do it last season and they won't do it this season.
Boston has to up the offer to Jackson if they want to be taken seriously. Otherwise they will be scrambling at the All-Star break trying to trade for a quality arm.
It is worth the risk now to offer the 28-year-old Jackson a few million more so the Red Sox are not left behind a couple months into the season.
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