While they may have some up short in signing Anibal Sanchez, it appears as if we could see the Chicago Cubs sign Edwin Jackson, as both sides are closing in on a contract that could be for four years worth $52 million. This, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Jackson went just 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA with the Washington Nationals in 2012. Jackson was hoping for a long term deal prior to last season, having gone 12-9 in 2011 combined as a member of the Chicago White Sox and World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. That never happened, so he had to settle on a one year deal worth $11 million for the Nationals.
But if this deal comes to fruition that will pay Jackson over $50 million over the next four years, it appears as if all’s well that ends well.
The 29-year-old Jackson actually has a career lowing record of 70-71 over his big league career that has seen him pitch for seven different teams, including a pair of stints with the White Sox. Going to the other side of Chicago may not bring him a better overall record, as the Cubs are not expected to truly be competitive for at least another couple of seasons. His overall record may fall even further below .500 over the first half of his four year contract.
Still, Jackson is durable. He has started over 30 games in each of his last six seasons pitched in the big leagues, and has thrown no fewer than 183 innings in any of his past five seasons. Jackson won a World Series with St. Louis in 2011 and pitched a no-hitter with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010. He was also an All-Star back in 2009.
Jackson would most likely serve as the No. 2 pitcher in the Cubs’ starting rotation, behind Matt Garza and in front of Jeff Samardzija.
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