Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Scott Boras Wants 5 Years/60 Mil for Edwin Jackson

According to this above link, Scott Boras is seeking a five year deal worth 60 million for Edwin Jackson. Yikes. This is a guy who can be dominant, but often times is wild and very hittable. He threw a no hitter in 2010 for the DBacks, but walked 8 batters and threw 149 pitches. At best, the free agent right hander is a 3rd or 4th starter. Jackson has a career 4.46 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and is 60-60.

Jackson was drafted by the Dodgers in 2001, and made his debut for them in 2003. He was up and down from the big leagues to the minors until the Dodgers traded him to the Rays in 2006. Jackson was a starter for the 2008 Rays, but pitched out of the bullpen during the playoffs that year. He was traded to the Tigers after the season for Matt Joyce. In Detroit, Jackson had his best season making the All Star team. Jackson fell apart in the second half of 2009, posting a 5.07 ERA after the All Star break that year.

Jackson was again traded after 2009 in a three way deal involving the Yankees and DBacks. Curtis Granderson ended up on the Yanks, while the Tigers recieved Max Scherzer, Phil Coke, Austin Jackson, and another player. The DBacks got Jackson and Ian Kennedy. Besides a no hitter in June, Jackson didn't do much for Arizona going 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA. He was traded to the White Sox at the trading deadline for Daniel Hudson. Finally, this past year Jackson was traded to the Cardinals in a three way deal involving the Blue Jays sending Colby Rasmus to Toronto and Jackson, Octavio Dotel, and Scrabble to St. Louis. Jackson was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 12 starts for the Cards last year. However, he pitched poorly in the NLCS and World Series.

Needless to say, Jackson is a well traveled pitcher who has played for 6 teams by the age of 28. He is a similar pitcher to Jake Westbrook, but with a better fastball. There are some people who think a good pitching coach can help him turn the corner, but he's had two of the best the last two seasons in Don Cooper and Dave Duncan. Jackson's biggest problem is he gives up too many walks and hits, and it doesn't look like he's going to be able to cut down on that. Boras will probably get some team to overpay, but it won't be the Cardinals. They are already set with Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, Westbrook, and Kyle McClellan can fill in if needed. Super prospect Shelby Miller will be ready soon also. The only way he was going back to St. Louis is if he took a one year deal, and a trade of Lohse or Westbrook happened. The Cardinals will recieve draft pick compensation for Jackson leaving though.

Edwin Jackson's career stats

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