12/19 Rumors and reason re: Jackson

The Cubs’ pursuit of Anibal Sanchez was a little bit of a surprise considering the team’s approach to free agents has been to buy low. Now, there are reports that the Cubs are interested in free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson. ESPN’s Jim Bowden said the Padres refused to give Jackson a four-year contract, and it’s down to the Cubs and Rangers. Jackson is reportedly seeking $12 to $13 million per year after making $11 million last season with the Nationals.

Let’s look at the numbers. In the last four years, Jackson is 45-41 with a 3.98 ERA in 127 starts and one relief appearance. According to my MLB.com colleague T.R. Sullivan, there have been 63 Major League pitchers who have made at least 100 starts over the last four years, and Jackson has the 35th best ERA in that group. He’s 43rd with 8.99 hits per nine innings, 37th with 2.97 walks, and 34th with 7.29 strikeouts per nine.

More numbers to consider. Since Jackson joined the White Sox at the July 31, 2010, Trade Deadline, he has gone 26-22 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 74 starts (464 1/3 innings, two complete games) and averaged 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Teams have hit .264 against him. In that same span, Sanchez has gone 22-28 with a 3.79 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 75 starts (462 2/3 innings, four complete games) and averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine for the Marlins and Tigers. Teams have hit .257 against him.

The Cubs are looking for pitching. Jackson turned 29 in September; Sanchez turns 29 in February. The red flag is that Jackson has pitched for seven different teams, and six in the last five years.

The Cubs reportedly offered Sanchez $77 million over five years. Would they give Jackson four years and $50 million? Would you?

– Carrie Muskat

10 Comments

I should of learned how to pitch. Now, my son who dreams of a big league career is a pitcher (and SS). You can be a .520 winning pitcher and make $10+ million a year. And that’s for starters – relieves have a pretty good life also (if you don’t mind the $1-2 million contracts for 1 year at a time.

As for the signing – a 4 year deal will put Jackson – an average pitcher – in the middle of our ‘resurrection’ in 2-3 years? I don’t think so. 7 different teams didn’t see Jackson as part of their run to the championship – I don’t think the Cubs should view him as part of their foundation either.

a very average pitcher not what the Cubs need. unless of course the goal is to be a very average team

i wish we were average….. the fact is we are TERRIBLE… right now we lose 90+games and possibly 100 games if we sell at the deadline again. And thats if everything goes well…injuries and such could hinder us even more

I wouldn’t mind improving TO AVERAGE….at least an average team can surprise once in a while but the abysmal team we’ve seen the last several years were locks for a cellar finish. He’d be a better gamble than Dempster considering his age…

I would probably do 4 years 50 mill. SPing is EXPENSIVE!!! We have nobody ready in the minors. We gotta do something to get pieces for the future and Jackson can be a solid pitcher. 4 years 50 mill isn’t going to hinder our future at all so I say get him.

We can finish last without a $50 million pitcher.

but you think we can magically win without getting pieces now? you think it can be done in one or two offseasons? I think you are wrong…. its gotta start sometime why not now?

I feel that we should give him $50M. Why not? We were going to pay 77.5 for Sanchez. Consider it saving $27M. It’s a step in the right direction. A quality starter that 6 other teams have passed on. By the time his contract would be about up, we couldf ship him away for more prospects. At least we wouldn’t be mortgaging the farm like was done with Soriano.

I hope this was not “Plan B” for the Cubs.
Lets go bargain hunting again.
As i say this….Villanueva signs with the Cubs!

Ughhh! Thanks for reminding us that not only may the Cubs be in a financial bidding war with the Rangers (ALREADY a CONTENDING team) but the Rangers also have the Maddux bros.
vs. the Cubs’ Marx Bros.??? What exactly would make Jackson sign with the Cubs instead of the Rangers???? I think it may be a TON of money because it certainly wouldn’t be the chance of the Cubs contending any time soon.

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