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Edwin Jackson drawing interest from Rangers and Padres

Dec 14, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

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The market for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson has been a bit of a mystery until now, but with Zack Greinke and Ryan Dempster falling off the board over the past week and Anibal Sanchez nearing a decision, it appears things are finally heating up.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Jackson is a target of the Rangers on a potential short-term deal. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by rival executives from two different teams that the Padres are “strongly pursuing” Jackson. The market for Jackson is said to be “strong,” so the Padres may drop out if the bidding got to $12-13 million over four or five years. That sounds a little rich, even in this market, so the Padres probably wouldn’t be alone there.

Jackson, 29, had a 4.03 ERA and 168/58 K/BB ratio over 189 2/3 innings this past season with the Nationals. He has pitched with seven different teams over 10 seasons in the majors. Signing with the Rangers or Padres would make it eight.

  1. mazblast - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    He’s above average, he’s durable, he’s not old, and he’s a cut above an “innings eater”. You can’t build a staff around him, but he’s not at all a bad #3 or 4. IMO he’d be a good fit for the Rangers.

    • miketreedy - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      On a 1 year deal maybe. The Rangers have lots of young arms they should give those players a chance. They also have plenty of money to try again for big FA arms next year. I hope they don’t tie up multiple years with this guy. I think Maddox would wear himself going back and forth to the mound trying to keep this guys head straight. It’s much harder to pitch in Texas in the heat in the AL West compared to the Nationals ballpark against the NL East.

  2. modellforprez - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    hope u go out like R.C 21 for rejecting the pbc

  3. Stiller43 - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Would love the buccos to get him. Not too expensive and would be an upgrade as a 2-4 starter.

  4. kkolchak - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    As a Nats fan all I have to say to whomever lands him is: good luck. You’ll need it as he is guaranteed to dazzle you with his stuff before he frustrates the hell out of you.

  5. Carl Hancock - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    7 teams in 10 years. This guy can’t seem to get any kind of long term deal from anyone. Makes me wonder if there is a reason for it.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      See the post above by kkolchak….that’s why.

  6. M. J. Smith - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    What’s the story with this guy? Clubhouse cancer? He can be inconsistent, yeah, but with the talent he flashes it seems like some team would have given him more than a 1 year test drive, and yet it never happens. Teams can’t get rid of him quickly enough. Insights?

    • jyoung1891 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      See KKolcahk’s comment above. The problem is that, when you’re counting on him to come up big, it just doesn’t happen.

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        I didn’t copy of your paper, I swear…I hadn’t read down this far, yet.

  7. natslady - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    No, not a clubhouse cancer, as far as an outsider can tell. Always gabbing with the other starters, when he pitched a brilliant game and a reliever blew his win, he was first out of the dugout with a man-hug and a “you’ll get ‘em next time.” Genial with the press, etc. HOWEVER, kkolchak has it right. Frustration city. In the big games, he didn’t come through. Also, tended to give up runs in the first inning, so you start off the game down 4 or 5 runs. Then he would pitch six shutout innings and you go, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    • shawndc04 - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Exactly right. Good guy, great stuff, poor command.

  8. proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    The Red Sox are willing to pay him $39 million over 3 years.

  9. icanspeel - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    It’s weird seeing the Padres name for a free agent rumor, but at the same time with a new TV deal and new owners they should have more flexibility than in past years.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      They just want him for one year too. They have Luebke and Wieland coming back from TJ surgery by 2014, plus Kelly and Erlin tuning up in AAA, plus Sampson, Oramas, and Portillo ready by 2015, plus Joe Ross and Donn Roach in ’15 or ’16, plus their 2012 class of Max Fried, Walker Weickel and Jake Eflin in ’16 or ’17. The Padres are loaded with prospect starters for the rest of the decade. After using 18 starters last year due to a rash of injuries, they’re just gun-shy and looking for insurance, not a multi-year commitment.

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