Unproven pitcher for proven inconsistent pitcher.
Congratulations, Chicago White Sox, you have done nothing to help your chances of winning the AL Central.
Congrats to Edwin Jackson, who managed to "pitch" his way off of the cellar-dwelling Arizona Diamondbacks and onto a playoff contender.
Unless Jackson gets flipped for Adam Dunn or Lance Berkman, the acquisition did nothing but add payroll to a team that did not need any more for the 2011 season. Outside of a unique no-hitter thrown a month ago, Jackson has been the model of inconsistency this season. He started the season scorching hot, and has since been nothing short of bad.
Yes, he is a back-of-the-rotation starter who the Sox would have control of, but why have control of an enigmatic starter who has no control over his pitches? The White Sox already had a young pitcher named Daniel Hudson, now a Diamondback, who did that for a mere fraction of the cost.
In the next day, Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman, or another pitcher should be announced as the newest member of the Chicago White Sox, and the guy traded away will be the flavor of the hour, Edwin Jackson. If not, Sox fans everywhere should be disappointed with the decision made by GM Kenny Williams.