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Edwin Jackson went from $11 million last offseason to $52 million this offseason

Dec 20, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Last offseason Edwin Jackson was a 28-year-old free agent coming off a season in which he threw 200 innings with a 3.79 ERA and 148/62 K/BB ratio. He wanted a long-term contract, but ended up settling for a one-year, $11 million deal from the Nationals.

This offseason Edwin Jackson is a 29-year-old free agent coming off a season in which he threw 190 innings with a 4.03 ERA and 168/58 K/BB ratio. He wanted a long-term contract and got it, agreeing to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs.

Setting aside what you think Jackson is actually worth as a free agent, the difference between what he got 12 months ago and what he got this week is very interesting. What changed in that one year? How did Jackson raise his market value that much via one season that was arguably worse than his 2011 and pretty standard for him overall.

Right place at the right time, perhaps. More money flowing across MLB thanks to local and national television deals, perhaps. But still.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    he’s a lefty….
    hey, would you turn the money down……

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      looks like a righty in that picture

    • sanzarq - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Lefty, huh? Are you blind?

    • Caught Looking - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      He just might be worth that contract if he could also</b throw from the left side.

    • fantasymoney - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Yup, he’s a lefty and he wore jersey number “EE” for the Nationals last year…..

      • reeggss - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        lol, good one

  2. lew24 - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I think he fired his agent too!

    • somekat - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM


      No Scott Boras trying to convince people that he is just as good, and should get paid as much, as Grienke because of some stat he made up this week

      • shawndc04 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Boras is not Jackson’s agent. He fired him last year because he didn’t get a multi-year contract.

      • bleedgreen - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Right, thats why he said that there is no Scott Boras trying to convince people this year.

  3. cur68 - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Right place at the right time, perhaps. More money flowing across MLB thanks to local and national television deals, perhaps.

    And no else better to choose from. The Cubs are banking on developing this guy, probably. It takes some guys longer to figure things out so I suppose this deal could look awesome if Jackson gets some control.

  4. blackandbluedivision - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Welcome back to the Chi.

  5. schlom - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    It’s actually his worst year since his first full season as a starter in 2007:

    bWAR totals from 2007: 0.0, 2.1, 3.9, 1.7, 2.8, 1.6

    Interestedly, John Lackey also had a 1.6 WAR his last season in Anaheim before signing with the Red Sox.

  6. ezthinking - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    The Dodgers rushed him to the bigs and TB gave him away while he was improving due to money concerns. Don Cooper got a sub 3.00 era out of him in the AL with the White Sox. Maybe being on the same team with the same pitching coach for more than a season will help him progress so the results match his stuff.

    • ezthinking - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      I guess it was 3.24 for the WS. Pretty good all the same.

  7. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Middle of the rotation guy with 5+ years MLB experience. That’s pretty much the standard these days.

    I also don’t see much of a difference between $11 million and $13 million avg. Yes, length of contract, but again, middle of rotation with 5+ years MLB service = certain expectations to build a pitching staff around.

    Always liked Edwin with the Dodgers.

  8. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Jackson is a class act, and I liked him when he was with the Tigers. All the best to him next season!

  9. msquires2003 - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Eh, Cubs adding all this pitching is just a sign they are going to drop Garza soon.

  10. tashkalucy - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    7 teams in the last 7 years.


  11. Old Gator - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    This is the time of the orfseason when, the big and interesting moves having been made, we’re down to tweaking the dregs – and finding excuses to get excited about it. I may just be taking a jaundiced view because, well, what the hell do we have to look forward to here in Macondo? But a whole day of scrapheap acquisitions by the inhabitants of the friction layers of the NL East and Central somehow hasn’t accelerated the runup to Festivus, you know?

    Ah well, back to the Ouija Scrabble board. Maybe I’ll wind up playing a loquacious revenant who can tell me what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.

  12. joegolfer - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Cubs are going hogwild on signing pitchers.
    They already had starters Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzjia.
    Then they signed Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Carlos Villanueva, and now Edwin Jackson. That’s six starting pitchers.
    Plus they signed the Japanese guy to be a closer, then couldn’t trade Carlos Marmol, so Marmol will be given closer duties until he starts walking every other hitter and gets demoted.
    Cheap contracts on Baker, Feldman, and Villanueva, so makes sense to take a risk on injury prone rehab projects, especially Feldman, who had a big year in 2011 in the Rangers’ hitter’s ballpark.
    Jackson has some genuine talent, but when he was with the White Sox, he often pitched great for five innings, then got rocked in the sixth. Far too often.
    The Cubs aren’t even going to sniff the playoffs in the next four years, so it’s dumb to sign him at this point in time. It’s not that he’s not a decent pitcher. It’s just that the Cubs have no chance of being a good team, unless they start spending money like the Dodgers and use it on hitters now, because Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are two young guys who are decent hitters, and the rest of the team can’t hit.

  13. macjacmccoy - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    Yup 52 mil for Edwin Jackson proves it. The world will definitely be ending today.

  14. illcomm - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    for as much as people rip on rube. lannan at 2.5 plus 2.5 for one year is a hech of a baragain compared to the over pay if Jackson at 4/52. career number about the same.

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