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D-backs sign Jackson to $13.35 million deal

Feb 14, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks and arbitration-eligible right-hander Edwin Jackson have agreed to a two-year, $13.35 million contract.
The pact takes Jackson up to his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old asked for $6.25 million and was offered $4.6 million for 2010 when figures were exchanged last month. With a midpoint between those two totals coming in just north of $5.4 million, the Diamondbacks are essentially buying out his last arbitration season for about $8 million.
The Tigers put Jackson on the market this winter largely because they thought it’d be expensive to sign him beyond 2011. The Diamondbacks were unable to do a deal that took care of any free agent seasons, but given Jackson’s erratic track record, that’s not such a bad thing. It likely would have taken north of $35 million to sign him for four years, and he’s just not worthy of that kind of commitment yet.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    It’s been three days since this post went up and nobody has bothered to respond to it, and you hate to see Matthew’s hard work and diligent research go to waste, so I’ll respond and try to make him feel a little better about it: So what? Nobody cares about the Diamondbacks anyway except maybe the occasional starving roadrunner.

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