While the market appeared soft on him earlier this offseason, interest has certainly picked up for free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson.
Jackson's demands for a multi-year deal last offseason scared teams away, forcing him to accept a one-year, $11 million contract with the Washington Nationals in February.
Top Suitors: Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN (h/t Chicago Tribune), the Cubs are one of the finalists for Jackson's services.
The Rangers are also interested, especially after losing out on Zack Greinke. Colby Lewis likely won't be back until June as well, so depth is an issue in Texas.
The Padres were the front-runners for a while, but backed off when Jackson reportedly wanted a fourth year added to the deal.
Update: ESPN is reporting that the Cubs and Jackson are close to finalizing a four-year, $52 million contract.
The Cubs also signed free-agent pitcher Carlos Villanueva to a two-year, $10 million contract, pending a physical.