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Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract

Jan 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market.

And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million.

C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for five seasons from the Angels and Mark Buehrle got $48 million for four seasons from the Marlins, but they went off the market before options for starting pitchers dwindled and have more impressive track records than Jackson, who posted a 3.79 ERA in 200 innings last season and has a 4.46 career mark.

Of course, Jackson is also just 28 years old and because of that a five-season contract could make sense … assuming a team wants to make a long-term commitment to a guy who’s pitched for six teams in nine years.

Matthews reports that the Yankees definitely won’t be that team unless Jackson’s demands drop, because they just don’t have room in the budget.

  1. Kevin S. - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Edwin Jackson is adorable.

  2. pisano - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    He would be a better fit in the NL, that 4.46 era is mostly attributed to the AL. Does AJ Burnett come to mind?

    • jwbiii - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Jackson’s NL ERA (4.82) is higher than his AL ERA (4.33). ERA+ is is better, too (103 – 84), so it’s not just park effects.

      • pisano - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        jw….thanks, I stand corrected.

    • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Jackson’s ERA by year:

      ’03-08 – 5.15

      ’09-11 – 3.96

      He’s got a longer track record of being a good starter than CJ Wilson or Yu Darvish have.

  3. bleed4philly - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    NOT!

  4. xmatt0926x - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I wasn’t overly familiar with him from the AL but I generally knew his stats and his multiple team status. When I saw him pitch for the Cards I was surprised at how good his stuff looked and wondered why he never broke out with anyone. I just wouldn’t bet 5 years at $12 million on the hoped that he finally puts it together. Maybe a 2 year deal as a small gamble.

  5. henryd3rd - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    If wishes were horse all beggars would ride!

    The dude’s a 500 pitcher with a Career 4.46 and a 60 – 60 record,
    Come on Man! $60,000.000 over five years. Good Luck!

    • vanmorrissey - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Agreed, and sooner or later within those 5 years, all those innings pile up and he’s a Tommy John waiting to happen.

      • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        “Agreed, and sooner or later within those 5 years, all those innings pile up and he’s a Tommy John waiting to happen.

        I don’t get this logic. He’s an injury risk because he pitches too many innings? Would you rather sign a guy who misses starts all the time? Shit, the Phillies better start looking to trade Halladay, that guy pitches a ton of innings…

    • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      1. Pitcher wins are useless and stupid.

      2. His career numbers in general aren’t informative. He came up to the majors at a very young age (he won his first start in the majors against Randy Johnson if you remember that; he wasn’t yet legal drinking age) and was a bad pitcher for many years. But he’s had a lot of time to develop, and over the past three seasons, he’s thrown 623 innings, with a 3.96 ERA and a 2.33 K/BB ratio. That’s a mid-rotation workhorse right there. And if you’ve priced pitchers lately, you should know that 12 million a year for one of those is a relative bargain.

      • hep3 - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Is JBedardi a nom de plume for Jon Heyman?

      • hep3 - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Oops, sorry about the spelling Mr. Berardi.

      • richeich - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        You’re dreaming.When he allows 10 runs in a game in 2011 he’s not worth 12 million a year.Maybe to you,but not me!

      • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        “Oops, sorry about the spelling Mr. Berardi.”

        Thanks for the polite correction of that insult your hurled at me.

  6. richeich - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    He’s DREAMMMMMMMMMING!

  7. uyf1950 - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I could see the Marlins “belling up to the bar” for him. For something close to what they signed Buehrle for. They apparently have the resources.

  8. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I would also like 5/60 but I dont see it happening for me either.

  9. mojosmagic - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Good stuff but never consistent. Any team giving him more then three years at around 8m per year is foolish.

    • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      CJ Wilson has been a good starter for two years running. Edwin Jackson has been a good starter for three years running.

      Oh, but he’s “Inconsistant”. Thanks, Joe Morgan.

  10. deepstblu - Jan 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    “Well, people in hayull want ice water…”
    –Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams

  11. uscfan1988 - Jan 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    That’s great Edwin. I want a 5 year 60 million dollar deal too. Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see which fills up first.

    • bobdira - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Holy Hell, you must be Italian. My great grandmother brought that saying with her from Caserta, Italy in the early 1900s.

      I love it man.

  12. kkhat29 - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    You people are hilarious! If any one of you can do what he has done, good or bad, let us know. If not…let it go. Whatever he gets, he gets. Hope it happens for him. Good Luck!!!

  13. JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    “Matthews reports that the Yankees definitely won’t be that team unless Jackson’s demands drop, because they just don’t have room in the budget.

    And you people say Jackson is dreaming…

    • bobdira - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Budget???? Budget???? You want to talk about Budget?????.

      this is the most interesting comment in the post. The Yankees worried about budget. If that were the case A J Burnett would still be looking for a gig, along with about 20 others in the past 10 years.

      Budget, ya, right.

  14. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Jackson wants $60 million…. I want Katy Perry…..neither of us getting it. If one of us does someone is dumb as hell

    • jwbiii - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      I hear that Ms. Perry will be declaring free agency soon.

  15. tn16 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    He is a better hitter then pitcher stay in the NL

  16. tn16 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    He is a better hitter then pitcher stay on the NL

  17. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    That would make him the pitching version of the infamous $25 burger.

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