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Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:39 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:07 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Edwin Jackson is entering his 10th major-league season, and he'll do so with his seventh team. He is an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal, which was first reported by CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman, is pending a physical and Heyman reports it's believed to be between $8 million and $12 million.

"We saw an opportunity here to acquire a young, hard-throwing, power-pitching, innings-eating type of starting pitcher, and we thought it was good value at a good term," general manager Mike Rizzo said during a telephone conference call.

Jackson, 28, went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 199 2/3 innings last season for the White Sox and Cardinals. He was dealt to St. Louis in late July and ended up winning a World Series ring with St. Louis. Also, while control was an issue early in  Jackson's career, his walk rate was a career-low 2.8 per nine innings in 2011.

"His walks are trending in the right direction," Rizzo said.

Jackson had a .339 opponents' batting average with the bases empty and a .239 average with runners on last season, but the Nationals think they can work with the issue.

"We're going to make a few tweaks to his delivery," Rizzo said. "Last year he was a different pitcher out of the windup than he was from the stretch."

Washington offseason
The Nationals won their arbitration hearing with fourth starter John Lannan this week, but the signing of Jackson could be a signal Lannan is on the move via trade. In fact, Fox Sports reported earlier Thursday the Nats are "aggressively shopping" Lannan. The Nationals now have a very strong front four in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Jackson with either Chien-Ming Wang or Lannan filling the fifth spot. No matter who it is, that's a formidable top to bottom rotation.

Note that Strasburg is on an innings limit and the Nats can't be sure if Wang will hold up all season, so it wouldn't hurt to have extra starting pitching. If they did deal Lannan, they could still turn to Ross Detwiler, Craig Stammen or Tom Gorzelanny in a pinch. But for now, it's all about adding Jackson.

Jackson has been unable to find a permanent home in his career, but he's always been a productive pitcher. He doesn't profile as a frontline starter, but Washington doesn't need him to be one. He has great experience for his age, with over 1,000 regular-season innings pitched and seven postseason appearances, including four starts. Also good for Jackson is that Nationals Park profiles as a slight pitchers' park.

Jackson had been asking for a three- to five-year contract, but when the market dried up, agent Scott Boras and Jackson looked for a one-year deal so they could hit the market again next season. Washington bit.

"It made it much more palatable to us," Rizzo said.

The Nationals are coming off an 80-81 season in which they finished third place in the NL East for the first time since moving to Washington. With a full season of Strasburg and the additions of Gonzalez and Jackson, they appear eager to compete in a loaded division.

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Comments

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Okay Spartacus, let's try this one again. I'll try to use smaller words and break it down in an even simpler format for you. Okay, ready? Boston's healthy mixture of homegrown and bought talent is a reference to the origins of the players in their organization, not their September collapse. The "healthy" part is the percentage of players that are homegrown - not the quality of players on the team. Do you understand better now? Or do I need to use smaller words for you?
Tripleight- the size of the words you use is of no signifigance to me, but it would be nice if you yourself understood what they meant. What's so healthy about so-called homegrown players? There is no inherent value in fielding a team of so-called homegrown players, nor a particular mixture. By your defintion of health, a last-place MLB fielding nothing but September call-ups is the epitome of health.

The fans will attend the games regardless where the players started their careers- what matters is the result on the field. It makes no difference if someone like Jeter or Youkilis was drafted or first signed by the Yankees or Red Sox, they are being compensated at a level that few other teams could or would pay, if they had the chance. The only exceptions to this point are players not yet eligible to enter free-agency, but even then with arbitration eligibilty most of those players are pretty quickly being paid near market rate.

Gutterbalz - apparently reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, either, "fool." If you think that I'm criticizing the Yankees for saying that the majority of their team comes from the farm systems of other teams...well, you're an idiot. Mark Teixeira, A-Rod, Grandy, Andruw Jones, C.C., A.J. Burnett, Pineda, Kuroda, Russell Martin, Freddy Garcia, Raffy Soriano, Nick Swisher, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few others all come from outside of their organization. That's a FACT that you can't argue, unless you think all of those players came out of AAA-Scranton. Is it exactly 70% of their organization? Probably not. But even if it was, you'd probably end up debating what constitutes the "organization" anyway. So either way, I'm right, and you're a monkey on a computer trying to talk like a big boy when in reality you have nothing to say other than, "Mmm Yankees good, you bad! Why you no like Yankee? oog!"
I took the 'reading comprehension' comment as a dig at me. Again, it's not my failure to understand what you wrote; it's your failure to make a valid point. Nice how you belittle the other guy for calling you out on your bogus math,too. If you could somehow work creationism into your comments you'd hit the trifecta of failing at core school subjects.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Also if you are an opposing first base coach or umpire you might not think of them as cordial.  I used to go to Sox Brewers games as a kid (when the Brewers were in the AL) and they were hardly cordial.   

On the flip side,  I worked in a Southwest burb in 2005 and most of my Sox fan co-workers were very cool to me.  Normal good natured trash talking, which I would have been doing if it were the Cubs making a run.  My point is that it's mostly just people, and they run the gammet.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:45 am
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Good points with the exception of the last line you wrote. If you are referring to the few White Sox fans that are "cordial" you should try wearing a Cubs, Twins, Tigers, or Yankees hat on the South Side and walk into a local establishment. It is then that you will learn how cordial they are. I suppose you may be referring to a small sample size you have encountered online. Even though I am a Cubs fan, I still enjoy the White Sox and attend thier games and root for them with the exception of six games per year. However, as a whole, they tend to resemble Philly fans with the anger, resentment and gloom & doom attitude.

More on topic, Edwin Jackson is a good signing for the Nats. They have drafted well and are now finally recruiting some fine FAs making it a desirable destination for players looking to win. I hope they have a successful run in the near future, it would be great for the game and for MLB in general.



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:21 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Sportsline needs to have a poll: which organization has the most obnoxious fans. The Red Sox fans cry that the media hates their players. The Yankees fans cry that everyone hates the Yankees. Cubs fans cry because most Triple-A teams could beat them on any given day. Tigers fans - all nine or ten of them whose decibel level exceeds their collective IQ - only exist when the Red Wings and Pistons aren't playing. Philly fans are only obnoxious at games but usually aren't too bad online. Dodgers and Giants fans just drink and do stupid stuff accordingly, though they dont tend to be loudmouths on message boards.

The best fans tend to come from teams that I don't like or dislike, such as the Cardinals and Mets. (Cue whining Yankees fans for mentioning Mets fans.) White Sox fans are quite cordial, I find, as well.




Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:06 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Okay Spartacus, let's try this one again. I'll try to use smaller words and break it down in an even simpler format for you. Okay, ready? Boston's healthy mixture of homegrown and bought talent is a reference to the origins of the players in their organization, not their September collapse. The "healthy" part is the percentage of players that are homegrown - not the quality of players on the team. Do you understand better now? Or do I need to use smaller words for you?

Gutterbalz - apparently reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, either, "fool." If you think that I'm criticizing the Yankees for saying that the majority of their team comes from the farm systems of other teams...well, you're an idiot. Mark Teixeira, A-Rod, Grandy, Andruw Jones, C.C., A.J. Burnett, Pineda, Kuroda, Russell Martin, Freddy Garcia, Raffy Soriano, Nick Swisher, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few others all come from outside of their organization. That's a FACT that you can't argue, unless you think all of those players came out of AAA-Scranton. Is it exactly 70% of their organization? Probably not. But even if it was, you'd probably end up debating what constitutes the "organization" anyway. So either way, I'm right, and you're a monkey on a computer trying to talk like a big boy when in reality you have nothing to say other than, "Mmm Yankees good, you bad! Why you no like Yankee? oog!"



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:06 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

The Nationals lineup is still mediocre. Detroit should have signed this dude to a one year deal.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

Wonder what would have made dy13 bounce off the walls laughing if Boston had signed Jackson?



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

The fact that Washington's most valuable talent is homegrown (J Zimmermann, R Zimmerman, Strasburg, Desmond, Espinoza, Soren, and eventually Harper) is a huge reason why they get more credit than the other clubs. Werth, Gio, and E-Jax are solid players, but they're complementary pieces. The Yankees are probably 70% bought vs 30% homegrown, Philly's rotation is 60/40 bought though their infield is mostly home-grown (Ut, Howard, JR), and Boston is a healthy mixture. The Cubs are a patchwork and the ChiSox are are mostly bought.
Boston is a healthy mixture, eh? Is missing the playoffs the last two years a sign of health?


So frankly, I understand why nobody complains about the Nationals. I dont like any of the teams mentioned, but I think their treatment by the media is mostly fair in regards to criticizing the homegrown vs bought pieces of their teams. All of those clubs deserve SOME criticism for buying teams, so be it.
I don't believe the media is criticizing anyone on this issue. The only people who even care are fans of losing teams who wish the owners of their teams would spend more money on player acquistion and who are jealous of teams who don't have this limitation.

Spending on free agents does not correspond to success. It might correspond to hot dog prices, though. Since no team is spending less than an average of $1 million per player, in effect everyone is buying their roster, because I'm pretty sure that outside of MLB there is no one in the world (with the exception of maybe Japanese teams) that is willing to pay so much for baseball players. Just think how good the Cuban and Dominican pro leagues would be if not for MLB teams buying all their best players.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals

While I do hope that this addition to the Nats  helps them ave a good year, I am bouncing off the walls laughing.
Boston LOST again.
ROFLMAO.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:08 pm
 

Edwin Jackson signs one-year deal with Nationals



"The Yankees are probably 70% bought vs 30% homegrown, Philly's rotation is 60/40 bought though their infield is mostly home-grown (Ut, Howard, JR), and Boston is a healthy mixture. "



You exposed urself as a yankee hater,  making up % on the spot. I dont care if you said probably.  Why  not take a look for yourself at the NYY roster and see just how wrong you were about them buying 70% of their team.  If your gonna hate at least educate yourself fool and  stop buying whatever the media tell you.


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