Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/3/13
The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.  A Cubs source said that the deal is for $52 million; including an $8 million signing bonus with annual salaries of $11 million per year. Jackson, 29, has pitched all or part of the last 10 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-05), Tampa Bay (2006-08), Detroit (2009), Arizona (2010), the White Sox (2010-11), St. Louis (2011) and Washington (2012).  He has reached 31 or more starts in each of his last six seasons, has recorded double digits in wins in each of the last five seasons and has exceeded 180.0 innings pitched in each of the last five years, including three-straight seasons of 199.2 innings or more from 2009-11. A 2009 American League All-Star with the Tigers, Jackson went 45-41 with a 3.98 ERA in 128 appearances (127 starts) the last four seasons starting with that All-Star campaign.  A year after recording a career-high 14 wins with Tampa Bay in 2008, Jackson went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 33 starts in his lone season with the Tigers, tying for fourth in the league in starts and ranking seventh in ERA and innings. Jackson split the 2010 season between the Diamondbacks and White Sox, throwing a no-hitter with Arizona at Tampa Bay on June 25, and joined the Cardinals near the trade deadline in 2011.  He went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) down the stretch to help the Cardinals to the postseason and the 2011 World Series title.  In his lone season with Washington in 2012, Jackson went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA  in 31 starts to help the Nationals franchise to their first playoff appearance. Jackson is 70-71 with a 4.40 ERA in 234 career games, 204 as a starter. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.  
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