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Edwin Jackson is willing to accept a one-year deal

Jan 31, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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He entered the free agent market last fall with such high expectations, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Edwin Jackson is likely to accept a one-year deal.

This is somewhat surprising given that the multiple teams were reported to have three-year deals on the table. Unless those reports were a function of bluster and psy-ops by Jackson’s agent in an effort to create more interest in his clients. But that’s unpossible, because his agent is Scott Boras and he’d never to that.

Anyway, the theory of a one-year deal to build value and go out on the market next year is good in a vacuum, but I’m not sure it works in Jackson’s favor. I mean, if he can’t get any action when, for most of the winter, his biggest competition on the free agent pitching market was Roy Oswalt, how will he fare when Cole Hamels, Matt Cain and Zack Greinke are on the market next winter?

UPDATE: The Red Sox have offered him a one-year deal worth $5-6 million. Yikes, way lower than he probably thought he’d get.

  1. jlove42 - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Bummer dude

  2. Kyle - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Some team is about to get a good old fashioned bargain.

    • Ari Collins - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Agreed. On a one-year deal, he’s a fantastic bargain. Better bargain even than Oswalt, in my opinion.

      • phukyouk - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        yup!

  3. randygnyc - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Yankees should take a flyer, and cut AJ.

    • phukyouk - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      yup yup!

    • bigharold - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      I don’t think even the Yankees want to throw away 30+ mil.

      • phukyouk - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        They have to do something with AJ anyway as there is a surplus as it is

      • stex52 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        That is covered under sunk cost. If AJ is of no value, they are not throwing anything away. That money is gone. They might as well clear the slot.

    • DJ MC - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      There’s some Orioles fans willing to take Burnett off their hands, if the Yankees are willing to pay a majority of the salary and take very little back in terms of players. Burnett lives in the Baltimore ‘burbs, so he’s always a popular target. Plus, even at 35 he can still be a successful pitcher, or at least competent enough to hold a place in the rotation so that a young starter isn’t forced into action.

      That’s been a big problem for the past few years.

    • brewcitybummer - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      You don’t gain anything other than catharsis by cutting him. There’s nothing stopping them from stashing him in the minors because the worst thing that could happen is someone doesnt claim him off waivers (and obviously no one would) They could even remove him from the 40 man so he wouldn’t count against the luxury tax. But I’m sure you knew all of this and you’re just being emotional. Saying they need the roster spot is weird though.

  4. DJ MC - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Of course he’s willing to take a one-year deal. I think the Orioles are the only team actually reported as willing to offer multiple years, and as nice as it would be to sign him cheaply due to lack of interest there’s no way he wants to come here.

    He’ll take a one-year deal and try again next winter.

  5. uyf1950 - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Just imagine you’re the Miami Marlins. About 6 weeks ago you signed what soon will be a 33 year old Mark Buehrle to a 4 year/$58MM contract. Now potentially a 28 year old Edwin Jackson might be available for about $10MM +/- for just 1 year.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      If you follow him on twitter, about 50% of Gleeman’s tweets have been some form of “oh look at super cheap reliever getting a deal far less expensive than what the Twins signed X for”.

  6. cur68 - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    C’mon Anthopolous, this deal has your greasy (greasy meant with utmost respect) preferred MO all over it…swoop in with a 2 year deal for the same dough and grab this guy for the Beaver Men….

    • Ari Collins - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      That would be a pretty great move for the Jays!

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        I know, man! It’d also screw over the Sox, making it doubly sweet (yeah, I know you’re a Sox fan, so we’ll settle this like men: starting in April, my team will meet your team on the field of play and engage in ritualistic combat. May the best beaver wrestler own the day). With Boras in the mix, no deal is set until the highest bidder gets off the phone with him, so I do NOT see what the problem is with Anthopolous yanking this guy out of the clutches of Cherington like I used to yank yarn out of my border Collies pawsies when she was a puppy.
        C’mon Anthopolous, make the call…

      • Ari Collins - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        I won’t be too bitter if he goes to the Jays. I like the Jays. I root for any well-run team, even division rivals.

        Well, any well-run division rival that’s not the Yankees. Natch.

  7. papacrick - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    His best season was in Detroit pitching behind JV second in the rotation. His agents is Boras. Welcome back Edwin. Hope you can repeat your first half numbers. Less pressure too now that he’ll be the fifth starter

  8. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    The Cardinals should swoop in and grab him again. I liked him as our fourth starter. A lot. He can be pretty crappy some games, but other games, man, he just turns it on and can pitch.

  9. owenpoin - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    I think my team should take this delicious bargain!

  10. wizzrdofaz - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Is there no editor who proofreads these articles. I know we’re sports fans, but it doesn’t mean we’re all illiterate. Unpossible is NOT a word. The word you’re looking for is “impossible”. At least run a spell check on your writing. That would have found this.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Or you can go watch old Simpsons episodes and learn that “unpossible” is a word used by Ralph Wiggum to unwittingly describe something that is, in fact, very, very possible,

      • foreverchipper10 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Me fail English? That’s unpossible!

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