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Stark On Edwin Jackson, Royals, Playoffs

The latest from ESPN's Jayson Stark...

  • Stark writes that Mark Buehrle is "widely expected to re-up with the White Sox," leaving a thin free agent market for starting pitchers next winter if Roy Oswalt and Chris Carpenter have their options picked up and C.J. Wilson re-signs with the Rangers.  As I suggested last month, Scott Boras client Edwin Jackson could move to the head of the non-Sabathia class.  One NL executive said to Stark, "Scott will make him sound like Walter Johnson.  But how many teams has this guy been on?"
  • The Royals' payroll could eventually rise as the Twins' did if all goes according to plan, team officials have been telling people in the game.
  • Regarding the current labor negotiations, Stark hears that owners want a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams, while the players want a best-of-three.  Which would you prefer?

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