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White Sox, Jays are “in serious talks” about an Edwin Jackson trade

Jul 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are in “serious talks” about a deal that would send Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and a prospect.

Why the Jays would want to go after a starter like Jackson is an open question given that they’re not in contention, but it’s possible that this is the first step in multiple trades involving Jackson.  Of course, the whole reason Jackson is even on the White Sox right now is because it is widely believed that Kenny Williams was trying to do the same two-step with him last year in an effort to trade for Adam Dunn and that didn’t work out.

It’s also possible that there’s simply a rule none of knows about that requires that Edwin Jackson go to a new team every year whether it makes sense or not.  He’s like a hobo or something. In other Sox news, Rosenthal says that John Danks and Gavin Floyd are available too, so it looks like the White Sox’ rotation is gonna see some changes soon.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman hears that if the Blue Jays acquire Edwin Jackson, they may attempt to flip him to the Cardinals for Colby Rasmus. If that went down, Alex Anthopoulos would have pulled off something pretty frickin’ spiffy.

  1. Ari Collins - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Trade makes sense from the White Sox perspective. They have six starters, Jackson is making good bit of money and is headed for FA. Get back some bullpen help for this year and next, get rid of some salary, maybe be able to pick something else up with the money saved.

    Don’t really understand the Jays’ perspective, though. They stand no chance this year, so getting a rental is mighty odd. Maybe they want to resign him, and maybe they want to get a handshake don’t-accept-arbitration deal and pick up a draft pick, but even so… just a strange deal for the Jays.

    Maybe they mean to flip him elsewhere? If they can get more for Jackson than the White Sox can, then Chicago’s doing something very wrong.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    This does not make a lot of sense, unless the Jays think that they can get a draft pick for Jackson when he becomes a free agent. Why Teahen? Chicago would have to absorb most of his salary. Why Frasor? I would be surprised if he went anywhere. His name has been mentioned in trade rumors every year since he joined the Jays, yet he is still in Toronto. He has married a Toronto girl and lives here year round.

  3. FC - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    They may want to see if Jackson is any good and worth re-signing. Let’s face it: outside of Ricky that rotation is atrocious.

  4. dodger88 - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    If the rumour of Jackson being flipped by the Jays to get Rasmus has any validity to it, why wouldn’t the Chisox go after Rasmus instead? I know they are stuck with the likes of Pierre & Rios but at some point you need make the sunk cost call if/when you can get someone better. I think the Cards are nuts to move Rasmus for Jackson as his value should be higher but if they see Jackson as being enough then the Chisox should consider it.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Agreed. ChiSox would be better off with Rasmus than Frasor. If that rumor has any legs, it’s another feather in AA’s cap, getting Rasmus for Frasor and probably a prospect or two.

  5. Ari Collins - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Word is the Jackson-to-the-Jays deal is official.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      What are the details?

  6. seanmk - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    teahen and jackson to the jays for frasor and zack stewart. jackson and thames to cards for rasmus

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