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Free agent Edwin Jackson “intrigues” the Orioles

Dec 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders has already been linked to the Orioles and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson also “intrigues” them.

Connolly speculates that Jackson will wind up with a four-year contract somewhere and notes that “the Orioles have been hesitant” to make that type of commitment to free agent pitchers in the past.

Because of that their focus may be on Saunders, who figures to be available cheaper and for a shorter commitment.

Jackson, much like Prince Fielder, is a Scott Boras client still on the market long after most of the other top free agents have signed, so gauging his remaining options is difficult.

Jackson threw 200 innings with a 3.79 ERA and 148/62 K/BB ratio last season and at age 28 is younger than most free agent starters, but he’s also pitched for six teams in the past seven seasons and owns a 4.46 career ERA.

  1. Matt - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    He’s perpetually on the cusp of “getting it together”. Blue Jays a fit?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      Not in Toronto. See: “Scott Boras is his agent”.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    I like the guy. I have always thought of him as a very strong…innings eater type of pitcher.
    I would like to see him re-sign with the Cardinals but I fully realize that isn’t happening with Lohse and Westbrook still on the books.

  3. pisano - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    The reason he’s still out there is his command (or lack thereof) you never know when he’ll lose the strike zone. He’s strong and throws hard, but the command has always been his problem.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    The Orioles intrigue easily. Watch what happens when you hand them a magnifying glass and an anthill.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      Thats right. They go all “Half Pint” on them…Little House on the Prairie style! Be careful though…that’s how Mary started the fire. It spread to the barn and everything.

      • Old Gator - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        That’s nothing. I knew a farmer’s daughter who could ignite the hayloft without ever knocking over the lamp.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        I see…Amish girl huh Gator?

      • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:18 AM

        Not my type. I don’t date women with beards.

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