MLB Free Agency: Why Edwin Jackson Is a Perfect Fit for the New York Yankees

Chris CortesCorrespondent INovember 11, 2011

MLB Free Agency: Why Edwin Jackson Is a Perfect Fit for the New York Yankees

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    The Yankees just finished a bittersweet season.  They overachieved in the regular season and under achieved in the postseason.

    Throughout the year, the Yankees was rotation was in question and still is a source of concern heading into the offseason.  

    While there are still concerns, Edwin Jackson would be a perfect fit for the Yankees rotation.

He Can Be Had Cheap

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    C.J. Wilson could command up to $90 million in free agency this year. 

    That is a lot of money for a pitcher who has had one season as a No. 1 starter. 

    While Edwin Jackson is more comfortable in the middle or back end of a rotation, the Yankees need someone for that spot, and he can be had for much cheaper. 

    The Yankees would be smart to sign him to reasonably priced deal to have him throw behind Sabathia and Nova.

He Eats Up Innings

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    Jackson threw just under 200 innings this past season (199.2) and threw over 200 innings in the two seasons previous. 

    The Yankees will bring back a superb bullpen, with David Robertson, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera closing out the game. 

    Also, the Yankees will at some point bring back Joba Chamberlin to their bullpen. 

    With a bullpen like this, Jackson will only need to provide the Yankees with six quality innings, something he has shown he can do.

He Has AL Success

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    Jackson spent parts of the 2010 and 2011 season with the White Sox and part of the 2009 season with the Tigers

    In all three of those seasons, Jackson has an ERA under 4.00 and a winning record. 

    Many pitchers struggle going from the National League back to the American League, but the Yankees can have minimal concern about that. 

    If Jackson can put up these kind of numbers, the Yankees have the offense to get him some wins.

He Has Playoff Experience

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    Edwin Jackson has thrown twice in the World Series. 

    Once with Tampa Bay (he did not start) and this past season for the Cardinals

    Admittedly, he was spotty in the playoffs, but did throw a great game against the Phillies in the NLDS (6 IP, 4 K’s, 2 ER) and led St. Louis to a win. 

    If he can repeat this performance in the postseason for the Yankees, he may be able to cure some of their postseason woes.