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Edwin Jackson turned down three-year offer from Pirates

Feb 6, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

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Last week when Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals there were several reports that he turned down multi-year offers elsewhere.

Ken Rosenthal of now has at least one of those offers pegged, reporting that Jackson said no to a three-year proposal from the Pirates believed to be worth around $30 million.

Barring a major injury or the worst season of his career Jackson should have little trouble securing at minimum another nice one-year deal as a free agent again next offseason, but turning down $30 million in guaranteed money for $11 million and the chance to potentially pitch yourself into a bigger deal on the open market is certainly a big risk.

Of course, when you’re 28 years old and the $11 million deal pushes your career earnings to nearly $30 million it’s probably a little easier to take that risk. And agent Scott Boras was no doubt willing to take his chances on Jackson landing a mega-deal next winter.

  1. bjg5091 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I feel like this is just furthering the idea that the Pirates, despite improved offense, aren’t being taken seriously by players, especially free agents. This team just isn’t there yet it seems to be taken seriously. Real shame but that is what happens when your front office stops caring for 20 years.

    • kopy - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      At least they have $1 Beer Nights at the park!

      • yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Good on them, hope the city of Pittsburgh continues to suffer baseball wise because their Football and Hockey fans are insufferable, and you know they second the Pirates turn it around those fans will be out yammering in droves.

      • El Bravo - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        WHAT? You hate on Pittsburgh fans when that very same state is teeming with a Philly Phan infestation? Gross.

      • yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        LOL yaaaaa I learned my lesson having pity on Red Sox and Pats fans in the 80’s and 90’s, and look at the place now

      • bsputnik - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        By that logic you should have no pity for any team or city. Everyone has the potential to turn into an a-hole with the success of their teams. You don’t think Cleveland would suddenly turn into a city of asses if all of their teams wona bunch of titles in a couple year?

        All sports is for fans is trash talk. What is the point if you can’t rub it in to the other team’s faces? It is civic pride. Sure, I find the Bostonians absolutely annoying….but hey, you can’t deny the success. All fans of successful teams are insufferable, from Green Bay to New York…..except maybe St. Louis. That is just the way it is.

        But the success of the Pens and Steelers has not made up for the pain of the Pirates. It helps….but its still there.

      • paul621 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        Seriously? You watch just so you can rub it in someone else’s face? Civic pride, sure, but be proud of your own team and leave it at that. If I ever get to where you are, I’m done with sports.

    • florida76 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      To be fair and accurate, the Bucs were serious contenders for the first 100 games, before injuries caught up with them in August. Clint Hurdle did a good job in his first year, so we should be careful about generalizing over one pitcher’s decision.

      Jackson may or may not pitch well for Washington, either way, it’s doubtful the Nats will make a playoff run. If Jackson has a subpar season or gets hurt, he may well regret not accepting the longer deal.

  2. - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I find this interesting being a Royals fan because teams like the Pirates and Royals have to overpay to get Free Agents.

    It also answers the question that fans of these pernially crappy teams always ask. Why don’t those cheap bastards go out and sign good players? In the case of Oswalt & now appears Jackson…a player has to want to come there before they can even get to money & years side of a negotiation.

    Just another problem years of being a dumpster fire will create, and another one that has to be overcome.

    • yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Overcoming it by drafting, scouting and developing young players is the only way.

      The way it should be

      • - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        All indications are that the Royals are on the path to doing that. However, the farm system will not provide all the peices to win a World Series, or even the division.

        At some point; and I think the Royals are a year away from needing to do this; they will have to drop some major money, or surrender some major prospects to get that peice.

      • uwsptke - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        That sounds a lot easier than it actually is. The system is set up so if a top player doesn’t want to sign with a crappy team, they often have the leverage of deciding to go to (or go back to) college. Teams like the Pirates can’t draft the best player available. Instead, they have to draft the best “signable” players available, unless they are willing to pay way over slot value for them.

  3. cur68 - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Seriously, if their fan, Rambodiaz, sees this he’ll plotz. Have mercy on the poor man Mr. Gleeman: last week his team was an “other” with the Cubs. This week his team isn’t good enough even for $30mil guaranteed money. What’ll you guys have for us next week? Rats abandoning PNC park? Swarms of locusts? Dogs and cats living together?

    • rambodiaz - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      At least they’re making offer to these guys. De La Rosa last year. Jackson this year. It’s heartening to know that the FO recognizes the vast gaping hole that is the rotation and is trying to fill it. And that offer they made is pretty reasonable, though I wonder if that’s the best use of their budget. Even with Jackson, they have some sizable holes to fill, unless he can hit home runs and play 1B on his non-pitching days.

      What upsets me is having to admit that the Pirates just aren’t considered as a viable landing spot for these FAs and nothing’s going to change that until the winning starts, and happens year in and year out. I’m concerned that even if Cole/Heredia/Taillon and the rest of the crew does arrive in 2014 or 2015 that potential FAs still won’t consider Pittsburgh unless winning becomes consistent.

      • florida76 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

        As long as a club is improving, that will help change the perception with free agents. While Clint Barmes is definitely not a star, he did choose the Bucs over Milwaukee. Players do prefer playing for a winner, and if the Bucs continue the progress from 2011, they will be more attractive to free agents.

        Players are less concerned about what happened in the past than the present and future. It’s natural that players will wait and see if the Bucs are finally back on track. Once that happens, players like Jackson will definitely become more interested. Don’t see any long term problem with future free agents once there is consistent progress.

      • cur68 - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:37 AM

        Atta boy, Rambo. Hang in there: things will improve when that talent starts to percolate to the top. Remeber, I lived through the Riccardi era in Beaver Town. I made it & it looks pretty bright for the Beaver Boys this season.

  4. brewcrewbombers - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    well no kidding. Guaranteed vs Potential, its guaranteed everytime. Not to mention the Nats are looking to have a somewhat decent team this year

    • dagnats - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      they had a decent team last year…80-81, w/o Zimm and Stras for large portions of the year; and JZimm on an innings limit…they would’ve been 81-81 if they made up the game vs the dodgers…

  5. bsputnik - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Sigh….no hope. No hope at all….

  6. xmatt0926x - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    We assume that players will just always take the most cash. Maybe this guy doesn’t want to be locked into an organization that has shown no desire to win. I don’t mean praying that 5 or 6 prosepects come up and are good at the same time and maybe having a “cute little team” that hangs around the race for half a season. I give him credit for turning down the guaranteed contract.

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