- Age: 29
- Ten MLB Seasons
- Former Teams: Dodgers, Devil Rays (and Rays), Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, and Nationals
- Career Stats: 70-71; 4.40 ERA; 1268.2 IP; 1.438 WHIP; 6.9 K/9
- 2012 (WSN): 10-11; 4.03 ERA; 189.2 IP; 1.218 WHIP; 8.0 K/9
Edwin Jackson is back on the market after his one year "pillow contract" with the Washington Nationals. What more does the league know about Jackson? Not much really. He has, over the last five years, become a fairly consistent pitcher over the length of a season. He'll provide about 200 IP, 150-180 Ks, an ERA likely in the high 3's to low 4's, and a slightly higher or lower than average WHIP. He has proven to be a very durable, decent pitcher - if unspectacular.
He still mixes in the occasional meltdown with the occasional gem but, for the most part, has become a dependable mid-rotation pitcher. A number of teams wishing to strengthen the rotation without breaking the bank will kick the tires. The Orioles, Brewers, Red Sox, Angels, and others will take a long look at E-Jax.
The team most willing to give him a longish-term deal, say four years, will likely land him; a limited no-trade clause would likely be welcome given the amount of packing he's had to do over the years. The money will be interesting - Jackson has been useful but has only one season, 2009 (3.9 WAR), in which he has been worth substantially over 2.0 WAR, otherwise he's hovered around that mark since 2008. He might be the rare player who is being paid almost exactly what he's worth. Does a 4 year $44-50M get the job done?
The Jays have been connected to Jackson, reportedly sending 9(!) scouts to watch his last few starts. Of course, sending that many scouts might indicate a deep divide in opinion amongst the scouting staff. Edwin Jackson has expressed his desire to return to the Nationals, but they have declined to extend him a qualifying offer. That doesn't mean it won't happen, but the door is obviously open for his departure. Doesn't seem to be any reason the Jays couldn't get him if they really wanted to.
Prediction: 4 years/$48M