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The Yankees spoke with Edwin Jackson’s agent

Nov 10, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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Missed this the other day, but since it’s “collect every tenuous rumor” season around here, may as well add it to the pile:  the Yankees met with Edwin Jackson’s agent the other day for “preliminary discussions.”

Not too interesting in and of itself. The Yankees need pitching so they’re obviously going to talk to tons of pitchers, partially out of interest, partially to signal to the guys they are interested in that they have other options. Conversations with  Jackson’s people could be a Mark Buehrle or C.J. Wilson negotiating ploy. Frankly, that kind of stuff interests me way more than actually considering Edwin Jackson pitching in New York.

At some point someone should write the definitive book about the hot stove season. How it works, collecting war stories. Getting people to dish on all of the crazy stuff that actually happens in negotiations.  We often get standalone stories like that after a big signing — “inside the Carl Crawford negotiation!” — but I’d read 300 pages about that kind of thing if it was out there, wouldn’t you?

Anyway, Jackson is 28 and has electric stuff that sometimes looks awesome and sometimes looks terrible. He’s one of those dudes who has already pitched for a zillion teams and I imagine he’ll be in Kenny Lofton/Matt Stairs territory before it’s all done.  I have a hard time seeing him in pinstripes on a four-year deal.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Was this before or after the Miami Marlins expressed interest in Jackson. I think he made an even bakers dozen for the Marlins.

  2. kinggeorge96 - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    “Jackson is 28 and has electric stuff that sometimes looks awesome and sometimes looks terrible”

    Don’t we already have one of these guys on our team?

    Hasn’t worked out too well so far….

  3. Best kept secret - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Imagine him and burnett in a rotation. Oh my no way in hell yankees fans could make it all season

  4. Francisco (FC) - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    If I were playing for the Miami Marlins I’d be worried that ownership is planning to dump the entire active roster and replace it completely with all the FAs they’ve been linked to.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Jackson is going to play for every team in the league by age 35.

  6. pisano - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Hopefully it was a short conversation, while he did better this past year, this guy will hit streaks where he can’t throw strikes, absolutely no command.As kinggeorge96 previously stated the Yankees already have AJ Burnett who can’t find the strike zone, or find his ass with both hands. Wouldn’t this be a good time of the year to get rid of AJ?

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