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UPDATE: The Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal

Feb 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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UPDATE: That was a quick targeting. Heyman reports that the Nationals and Jackson have a deal. Jackson was seen in an airport, presumably on his way to Washington for a physical.  The shocker: it’s reportedly a one-year deal. Heyman says it’s in the $8-12 million range.

Which, yes, we’ve heard that Jackson was willing to accept a one year deal, but one had to figure that a Scott Boras client signing with Washington would have caused Mike Rizzo to go crazy and sign him for eleventeen years and dicketseven billion dollars. This is a pretty fair deal, all things considered.

The Nationals still have John Lannan of course and a lot of other pitching, creating a crowded staff. Adam Kilgore reports, however, that Washington is content to enter spring training with all of these guys, Lannan included, and make trades then if necessary.

1:17 PM: Excitement in Washington: First they beat John Lannan in arbitration, and now they’re “aggressively shopping him.” To whom? Doesn’t matter. Because the interesting part of it is the why: to make room for Edwin Jackson.

That’s Ken Rosenthal’s report. He thinks that Washington is way interested in Jackson and not other options like Roy Oswalt or, for that matter, Lannan.

The Nats signing a Boras client? What are the friggin’ odds?

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Edwin, you’re an underwhelming pitcher who wants Kuroda money but will not get it this offseason. You’re an erratic pain in the neck that no team has yet to desire for a long period of time. JUST SIGN ALREADY, pitchers report in a little over two weeks.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Aww, that many dislikes? Edwin and his camp must have disliked this themselves for such a mass amount to be infested.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        …alright, you win this time, EDWIN. *shakes fist, pets a white cat*

  2. Francisco (FC) - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    The Nationals are targeting Edwin Jackson

    I know he’s fairly mediocre but assassination is a bit over the top.

    • foreverchipper10 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      aaaaaaaand I just laughed out loud at work. :)

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Yeah FC…but he is a serious work horse. Eats a lot of innings.
      With the Nataionals “targeting” him it certainly illustrates the the type of “bounty” they are willing to put on such a person.

  3. DJ MC - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I move that Craig come up with hilarious made-up numbers for all free-agent contracts, including minor-league deals and NRIs.

  4. illcomm - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    This makes sense. Sign Jackson and trade Lannon. Thank you for making your team worse Nats.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Depends on who the Nats get back.

    • phillyphreak - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Jackson > Lannon.

  5. uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    On a 1 year deal, why not. Then there was one, Roy Oswalt. Round and round the rumors go where he stops no one knows.

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    What happened to Boras’s “Black Book”? Didn’t Boras initially seek a 5 year/$75MM plus contract for Jackson?

    So far this off season: Teams 2 (Reds/Madson and Nationals/Jackson), Boras/Players 1 (Fielder).

    • phillyphreak - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Yea. But that one win….it was a doozy.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Not if you’re Madson or Jackson.

  7. lardin - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Little Benny is walking around the North End sing “Another one bites the dust, Another one gone, another one gone, Another one bites the dust.”

  8. Jonny 5 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Lannan gets destroyed by the phills. I’m making a sad face to see him go.

    • shawndc04 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Having suffered through Lannan’s many dismal debacles against the Phils, and competing against you in the division, I’d take Jackson over him even if he was blind.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      With all due respect Jonny, Phillies fans’ 😦 make me :)

  9. phukyouk - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    They can make room for him by trading Strassburgh. I think that the Yanks would be will to part with Soriano if needed.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Not sure if serious?

      • Old Gator - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Not serious. A Borg wet dream, is all.

      • phukyouk - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        of course im not serious.. you think that he is worth ANYTHING close to Soriano? keep dreaming buddy

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Hah sorry about that, I didnt really see the name at first but I’ve read some… less than intelligent comments lately and honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see that thrown out there. People are strange

    • baseballisboring - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Never ceases to amaze me how bad people are at picking up sarcasm. I know it’s the internet, but c’mon.

  10. uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see it for $10MM plus some incentives that bring it up to about $11MM possible total.

  11. kinggw - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Great move by Rizzo and the Nats. You can never have too much pitching. I guess that means Lannan is gone, but im sure Nats fans can live with it.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      John Lannan is a fine young man, and it’s remarkable what he has accomplished without much of a fastball and mediocre control. But somehow, we’ll manage.

      • sumerduckman - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        Hopefully someone is now going to be traded for a center fielder or a big bat.
        This could be a fun year at Nationals Park.

  12. b453841l - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Now all of the Washington fans must be experiencing E-Jack-elation!

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      They are experiencing Pre-“E-Jack-elation.”

  13. natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    More from Adam Kilgore:

  14. redbirdsin7 - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    the only person really concerned with this signing is matt stairs, who has played for the most different clubs (13) of anyone in recent memory. jackson is now playing 1 season with the nats, his 7th club, only at age 28, leaving him plenty of time to shred mr. stairs dubious record.

  15. damnyankee13 - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    The Nats beat out Boston for this guy. Doesnt anybody want to play in Boston?Self named Titletown? ROFLMAO>
    Tho I do hope he works out well for thw Nats

  16. humanexcrement - Feb 3, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Ordinarily I could see Billy Beane making a run at Lannan, but he’s been selling starting pitchers, not buying them. Then again, you never can tell with him. St. Louis and Milwaukee can’t afford to sacrifice a bat. Cincinnati has a little surplus offense, at various levels. How about Kansas City? Boston? He’d probably be better off in the National league.

  17. humanexcrement - Feb 3, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    The NL East is going to be pretty fun to watch this year.

  18. uyf1950 - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Just saw this:

    The Washington Post
    Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/03/2012
    Details emerge on Edwin Jackson’s contract
    By Adam Kilgore
    Some new details emerged today on Edwin Jackson’s contract, from a person with knowledge of the deal. Jackson will make $11 million in 2012, not $10 million as had previously been widely reported, including by The Post. Jackson’s deal also includes significant award bonuses for making the all-star team, receiving Cy Young and MVP votes and postseason awards.

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