Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/3/14
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At this point, less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Red Sox are more likely to address their starting rotation needs through free agency than via a trade, according to a major league source.

One potential solution: Edwin Jackson.

Jackson, a free agent right-hander, is mulling “a variety of options,” agent Scott Boras said by phone yesterday, and may reach a decision by week’s end.

Boras declined to confirm a tweet from ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden that the Sox have made an offer, but indications are Jackson may be amenable to a one-year contract after initially seeking a multiyear deal.

If that’s the case, the Red Sox figure to be interested in the 28-year-old, who has logged no fewer than 1992⁄3 innings in any of the past three seasons despite pitching for four teams during that span.

Herald: Sox interested in Jackson

What the hell is going on here? Why haven't the Sox signed Oswalt yet? That's the reason they shipped out Scutaro right? Then why the hell are the Sox linked to Edwin Jackson?!

Jackson has been a durable starter, making 30+ starts in each of the past five seasons. He's also 28 and just getting into the prime of his career. He's just coming off of a World Series with the Cardinals as he went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 13 starts after being acquired from the White Sox. That's the good that Edwin Jackson brings, he eats innings.

But... the time he was in the AL East with Tampa Bay, he struggled mightily, going 19-26 with a 5.08 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.644. He gave up a Lackey-ian 10.4 hits per nine innings in that span. Another Lackey-ian trait is his lack of success at Fenway Park: 0-4 in 7 career apperances with a 7.36 ERA and 1.97 WHIP.

Even with those atrocious stats, he was still looking to sign a five year, $60 million contract something that only Scott Boras could pull off. Odds are that Boras will want Jackson to take one year, $9 million deal so he could try to chase the big contract again next season.

Having said that, it wouldn't shock me to see Boras try to negotiate a two year deal for about $10 million per season and the Sox handing it to him. Hell, they could give him the five year, $60 mil contract. It's too hard to try and figure out what the Sox are going to do as this offseason continues to be one of the most perplexing in recent history.

Rest of the Links: Globe:Jackson, not Oswalt, could be target for Sox|Bailey avoids arbitration|Herald:Sox interested in righty Jackson|CSNNE:Sox make offer to Jackson|Ex-Sox lefty Richardson recieves 50 game suspension|Sox, Bailey agree to one year contract|WEEI:Former Sox reliever suspended 50 games|Could Sox stand pat?|Cherington: No mandate to be under luxury tax

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