On Jan. 2, the Chicago Cubs introduced Edwin Jackson to the media. Jackson is their first major free-agent signing of this off-season. Considering that the Cubs struggled in the pitching department last year, Jackson was a good pick-up and will help the Cubs this season.
Some doubt Jackson's abilities because he has played for so many teams. Since making his big league debut back in 2003, Jackson has worn the uniforms of the Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals and Nationals.
When I take a look at what Jackson brings to the table, I don't doubt him one bit. Jackson is a consistent pitcher. He can pitch in the low 90's, he's durable, he stays healthy, and he can be used as both a starter and reliever.
He also has a World Series title and was an all-star in 2009. There are others out there who are concerned about his win-loss record. (70-71) His record does not concern me because during his career, he has played for some struggling teams.
Another plus side to Edwin Jackson is that he is already familiar with the Chicago media. His days with the White Sox prepared him to cope with the pressures of playing in the third-largest media market in the U.S.
The only adjustments Jackson will have to make now is getting used to the North Side fan base, and pitching in one of the greatest ball parks in history.
Jackson's $52 million contract is a strong indicator that the Cubs will place him into their starting rotation, with the potential of being the team's Opening Day starter. Jackson's success will depend on the Cubs' offense.
If the Cubs can score runs in 2013 Edwin Jackson should be just fine. If they can't score runs, then it could be a long summer at Wrigley Field.