Boston Red Sox Strike Out with Edwin Jackson Signing with the Nationals

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IFebruary 2, 2012

Edwin Jackson could have contributed to the Red Sox rotation this season.
Edwin Jackson could have contributed to the Red Sox rotation this season.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Another one bites the dust for the Boston Red Sox. With every day that passes, it looks as though their pitching woes will linger in to the season.

John Heyman of CBS has reported that the Washington Nationals have signed free-agent Edwin Jackson, pending a physical.

This is a big blow to the Red Sox as Jackson was previously offered a one-year deal worth between $5-6 million.

Ken Rosenthal has reported that the deal is in the area of $10 million over the 2012 season.

The Red Sox might be interested in offering a deal to the Washington Nationals for lefty John Lannan. Rosenthal also notes that the Nationals might consider dealing him to make room for Jackson. Lannan is making $5 million in 2012. 

While the Red Sox have struck out this offseason, the Nationals have now had two big free-agent signings with Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson.

Boston might need to vigorously pursue Roy Oswalt, unless they are truly confident in their starting staff as it is now, which they have claimed. 

There is no reason not to up the offer to Oswalt now that almost everyone else is off the market.

The Red Sox have three options as it stands today: Pay Oswalt more money to go to Boston, trade for Lannan or another average pitcher before the season starts or wait until panic sets in midseason and trade a bunch of prospects.

The Red Sox are going to fall behind the New York Yankees if they don't act soon and become less scared to spend a bit more money.