Edwin Jackson, D-Backs Avoid Arbitration

The Diamondbacks and Edwin Jackson avoided arbitration, agreeing to a two-year, $13.35MM deal that will pay the right-hander $4.2MM in 2010 and $8.35MM in 2011. Jackson also receives an $800K signing bonus. 

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com first reported the agreement (via Twitter). Jon Heyman of SI.com first reported the terms of the deal (via Twitter) and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic added detail (via Twitter).

An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for this Wednesday between Jackson, who was seeking $6.25MM, and Arizona, which countered with $4.6MM. The 26-year-old earned $2.2MM last year with the Tigers, so the deal represents a major increase in salary for Jackson, a Scott Boras client.

The two year agreement will cover the remainder of the right-hander's arbitration-eligible years. In other words, Jackson becomes a free agent once this deal expires after the 2011 season.

Jackson enjoyed a strong campaign in 2009, posting an ERA of 3.62 with 6.8 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in a career-high 214.0 innings. He walked a higher percentage of hitters and allowed more home runs after the All Star break, so his second half ERA was more than twice his 2.52 first half mark.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.

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