Bruce Levine is reporting that the Sox have acquired 26-year-old righty Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.
The question is will he stay on the South Side or will he be flipped to another team?
There have been rumors that the Nationals were interested in Edwin Jackson in exchange for Adam Dunn. It may or may not be valid, but at least to me that makes a lot more sense than the addition of Edwin Jackson.
Jackson has struggled mightily this year for the Diamondbacks, posting a 5.16 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. That's really not a good sign for the rest of this season, especially considering it came in the National League.
This isn't new for Jackson either, as those numbers are roughly in line with his career totals of 4.71 and 1.50. He has frequently had problems walking too many batters, which could be an even bigger problem pitching in a homer-friendly park on the south side.
Oh, by the way, he's also due to make $8 million next season, which is an awful lot for a guy that has been league average or worse for every season of his career except his strong 2009 season.
While he is only 26 and has good stuff, the Sox gave up a fair amount of talent and are committing a good chunk of salary to a guy that may not be any better than Hudson for the rest of the season. The Sox would regret this deal if he didn't start pitching like he did in 2009 again.
This brings me back to Dunn, another player the Sox are interested in.
Assuming the rumors are true, he makes far more sense for the Sox. While their offense has been far more productive the last few months than it was in April, there is no question it could use a boost. They are still tied for seventh in the AL in runs scored right now and are using the highly suspect Kotsay/Jones platoon at DH. They also have very little production from left handed hitters.
Dunn would solve that problem immediately, giving them a huge power threat from the left side that gets on base better than everyone in the Sox lineup besides Paul Konerko. Ozzie could still have his run manufacturing with Pierre, Vizquel, Beckham and Ramirez while still having the kind of thunder in the lineup that can put up big run totals.
That exchange would create a hole in the rotation that would have to be filled, but between Hudson and Jackson it wasn't exactly an area of strength to start with.
Hopefully Jackson really is going to Washington in an exchange for Dunn, otherwise I just don't know what the point was. Jackson really isn't adding anything that the Sox didn't already have. They'd basically be trying to catch lightning in a bottle, which could have just as easily happened with Daniel Hudson at a much lower cost.