New York Yankees Rumors: Why Edwin Jackson Should Be Avoided

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2012

New York Yankees Rumors: Why Edwin Jackson Should Be Avoided

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    With every other option having failed for the New York Yankees this offseason, they now turn their sights to Edwin Jackson—one of the last and most uncertain starters left on the market.

    Jackson is looking for around the same money that free-agent starters C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle got, which is around $15-17 million.

    Here's why the Yankees need to avoid this deal like a plague.

Too Much Money

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    First and foremost, there were other pitchers in this year's free-agent market that were more proven and all-around better than Jackson for the same money he is seeking.

    Chances are, general manager Brian Cashman will not bite on this one either, since he didn't on any of his other options. I'm not even sure if the other pitchers mentioned that signed for that price were worth it.

    As you'll find out, Jackson isn't worth it either.

    His numbers might be comparable to A.J. Burnett when he came to New York, but that didn't exactly turn out so great. As they've already proven, the Yanks won't pay another uncertainty like that.

Past Performance

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    In 2010, Jackson made 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West, one of the weakest hitting divisions in baseball.

    Jackson went 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA.

    Although he did better that season when he arrived in Chicago, that is a major cause for concern for a guy coming into the best offensive division in baseball.

    Last season, as a member of the Chicago White Sox and then, later, the St. Louis Cardinals, Jackson pitched to a 3.79 ERA in two divisions that aren't as talented offensively as the AL East.

    Take into consideration a hitter's park like Yankee Stadium, and you have the potential for disaster.

    In his previous time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Jackson pitched to ERAs of 5.45, 5.76 and 4.42.

    That's not exactly the type of impact the Yankees are looking for, especially when they are holding their money tight.

Lack of Playoff Success

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    In his playoff career, he doesn't look too good in what has been limited experience for the right-hander.

    In 2008, Jackson pitched to a 2.08 ERA, but that was in only four innings of relief appearances.

    It was with the Cardinals in 2011 when Jackson would get his first four playoff starts.

    Jackson was 1-1 with a 5.90 ERA. Not too hot.

    Numbers like that won't get it done in the Bronx. And, if he wants to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Yanks, he would certainly need to do better than that.

    But can he?

    That's the $15-17 million question.

He Doesn't Make the Yankees Better

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    I don't care what anyone says about the Yanks current rotation.

    Minus Bartolo Colon, this group of starters helped the Yanks win 97 games last season.

    Jackson's numbers are not much better than what the Yankees already have. A.J. Burnett, if he comes back to Earth, can easily match those numbers and have a decent season.

    If Phil Hughes is healthy and in shape, he could match them as well.

    There is just no improvement that Jackson can give the Yanks that would make them that much better. In that case, he certainly won't be worth the money he is asking for when the Bombers can get the same production for cheaper.

There Is No Rush

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    With the prospects the Yankees have coming up, there is absolutely no rush to make a drastic move such as signing Jackson.

    Not only do they have pitching talent coming from within, but their top young players give them the maneuverability to make a deal for a top-flight starter during the season, if the opportunity presents itself.

    If they are thinking about signing Jackson, the Bombers should look around at their division and ask themselves, "Is anybody really better?"

    The answer is a simple—"No."

    The Red Sox aren't better and are minus John Lackey for the season. The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays aren't making any big moves to improve. And we already know what to expect from the Baltimore Orioles.

    The Yanks can definitely survive their own division and league until they can find their man.

    Making a drastic signing just to say you did something would only hurt the team.