Nationals To Sign Edwin Jackson

The Nationals haven't finished above .500 since moving to Washington in 2005, but there's reason to expect significant improvement from the 2012 club. GM Mike Rizzo continued bolstering his pitching staff today, agreeing to terms with free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson.

Edwin Jackson

The team announced the one-year deal, and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, who first reported the news (all Twitter links), says the agreement is valued at $11MM. The Scott Boras client will earn $11MM plus incentives this year, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals' projected starting rotation includes Jackson (pictured), Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Chien-Ming Wang. Every one of the starters except Wang had an average fastball velocity of at least 92 mph in 2011. John Lannan and Ross Detwiler would provide rotation depth, though Lannan is now on the trade block.

Jackson, 28, posted a 3.79 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 with a 43.8% ground ball rate in 199 2/3 innings for the White Sox and Cardinals this past season. The hard-throwing right-hander has averaged 208 innings per season with a 3.96 ERA since 2009, but has a career ERA of 4.46 with 6.7 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 since he debuted with the Dodgers on his 20th birthday in 2003. Jackson ranked sixth on MLBTR’s list of top free agents entering the offseason.

Jackson profiled as a Type B free agent after the season and the Cardinals offered him arbitration. They'll obtain a compensatory draft pick in the supplementary first round of this year's amateur draft, but it won't come from the Nationals. 

As MLBTR's Agency Database shows, the Boras Corporation has quite a presence on the Nationals' roster. Danny EspinosaBryce Harper, Anthony RendonStephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth are all Boras clients.

Last week the Nationals added Brad Lidge to a bullpen that includes Drew StorenTyler Clippard and Henry Rodriguez. Washington's offense finished 24th in MLB in runs scored last year, but improvements to the pitching staff could make them a threat in the NL East this coming season.

Photo courtesy Icon SMI. Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio first tweeted the value of the deal. 


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268 Comments on "Nationals To Sign Edwin Jackson"


rovert22044
3 years 6 months ago

Wow. Didn’t see this coming. I thought he would go to the Cardinals or Red Sox for sure.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

Cardinals had no place to put him, so I doubt they made a real offer.

Last I heard, Boston’s offer was around 1yr/$6-8 million, which would have been a huge bargain.  I suspect he got a bit more than that from Washington.

Henry
3 years 6 months ago

of course cuz how do u give up the sox 4 the nats if its the same amount or less

Blanketsburg
3 years 6 months ago

As a Red Sox fan, not everyone wants to play in Boston. The Nats are young, and not everyone wants to deal with the AL East media.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

Fenway is also a hitter’s park, and the AL East has a couple of beastly lineups.  For a pitcher on a one year deal hoping to build value for the following year, Boston doesn’t necessarily make sense.

12in12
3 years 6 months ago

Or the AL East lineups

3 years 6 months ago

as we saw last year with Lee taking a smaller deal then what the yankees offered. not everyone wants to play for the high market teams. maybe its the pressure? maybe its not. and as far as pitchers go, maybe they wanna pitch in a spot other then 4th or 5th in the rotation.

3 years 6 months ago

cliff lee went to philly…

3 years 6 months ago

I called this back after the tigers signed fielder, and since the nats were tryin hard to get him i i figured if they didnt land fielder they would go after jackson hard.

John DiRienzo
3 years 6 months ago

 wow that’s great, tell me more

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 6 months ago

Actually what you said was even greater!!! Tell ME more! 

What in his comment deserved to be mocked?

gmenfan
3 years 6 months ago

The “mystery” team strikes again.

3 years 6 months ago

No doubt they overpaid. Edwin Jackson isn’t worth 15+ million a year. I would have liked him to sign with the Tigers, but not for what he was asking, and most likely got.

3 years 6 months ago

whoah. Why don’t you wait and see what the deal is?

jdr70
3 years 6 months ago

1 year 8-12 range per Heyman.  Rosenthal says around 10

3 years 6 months ago

actually getting jackson at 1 yr 8-12 million is kind of a steal concidering hes an innings eater, younger then oswalt, less likely to be on the DL then Oswalt. hes perfect for the nationals rotation. I can see them this year being a threat in the NL East. and if they do for sure add the second Wild Card i wouldnt doubt they land in the playoffs this year, especially if Harper ends up in the line up.

nycub
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, it is, for the right team. I don’t feel like this is worth it for the Nationals. They’re not going to place in the east, and it’s a long shot they’ll take a Wild Card spot. I feel like everythign would have to fall into place for them in order for this deal to really pay off. Jayson Werth would have to return to form, Morse will have to have a repeat performance, and the pitching will have to be flawless. If this was a longer deal, it might have been worth it.

McKinley2
3 years 6 months ago

 Long-term, Strasburg will be counted on to pitch more than the 160 innings he’ll be allowed in 2012. A one-year contract for Jackson is perfect for the Nats. And surely no fan cares how much these players make, especially on 1 year deals that don’t compromise future flexibility. As for Werth and Morse, good performances out of both of them is hardly an unrealistic stretch. Team still needs an OBP good fielding CF’er but a second wild card would be a fitting bonus incentive and realistic goal for the franchise screwed by MLB from its inception.

nycub
3 years 6 months ago

I’m really not trying to be a pessimist, I’m simply being a realist. Several pieces would have to fall into place for this deal to be worth it for the Nats. I don’t think that’s a poor assessment of this deal.

graywolfe81
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think that’s the point, I think the point is that Strass is on a 160 limit, Zimmerman just had his 160 inning year, Wang hasn’t pitched a complete season since I think 2007 or 2008, and the objective is simply to get a “bridge” pitcher and depth to help them perform at a high level when Strass is gone and have an extra arm because of the injury history of 3 or 4 of the 6 other starters they expect to bring with them beyond spring training.

That’s the whole point, if they could resign him that would be great, but more likely, they view him as a combo of insurance, depth for injuries, and a nice #2 or #3 option depending upon how things fall with Zim, Strass and Gio during the season when any of them get hurt, or Strass has to rest starting in September.

This isn’t as much about paying for long term contention as it is signing a quality starter to help address depth and injury issues and if it actually pays off and helps with the dream of winning 90+ instead of 85+ and actually contending, then so be it.

Really, considering these guys are the richest guys in baseball 10 mill in totality invested for this issue is nothing, and could actually pay off, big time. I don’t see how someone can look at this move and think it’s a bad idea.

nycub
3 years 6 months ago

I know exactly what role EJ will play on this team…and I understand the constraints on the rotation. 

All I am saying is that I don’t necessarily think this move will push the Nats into indefinite contention this year. This deal would have been smarter or a team like the Red Sox, where it really would have fill a hole in a team that, unless something goes horribly wrong (as it did this year), will be in the playoffs.

nycub
3 years 6 months ago

But who knows, the Nats are really going to be a fun team to watch

Michael Moses
3 years 6 months ago

8 is about his value, 12 would def be an overpay. 

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

If it was a 4 year deal, then I could agree, but on a 1 year deal, 12MM isn’t really an overpay for a guy who throws pretty hard and can consistently go 200IP.  If he’s able to put up his typical 3.5 – 4 WAR season, the Nationals got a solid bargain, even if it’s at 12MM. 

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

If it was a 4 year deal, then I could agree, but on a 1 year deal, 12MM isn’t really an overpay for a guy who throws pretty hard and can consistently go 200IP.  If he’s able to put up his typical 3.5 – 4 WAR season, the Nationals got a solid bargain, even if it’s at 12MM. 

Rick Garcia
3 years 6 months ago

bye bye Lannan

101andCounting
3 years 6 months ago

Lannan+ to the Twins for Span?

3 years 6 months ago

HA ! blumkins all around

Oilcanoworms
3 years 6 months ago

Oh well… the Red Sox will just have to be satisfied with the immortal Padilla

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Oswalt is still available as of now, but I doubt he goes there unless they step in big.

Lars Chunks
3 years 6 months ago

Too bad Padilla has an arrest warrant out for him in Nicaragua for failing to pay child support for his 10th kid. Looks like we’re down to Carlos Silva and Aaron Cook…

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

Really? 

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

Really? 

Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

I’m wondering if the Red Sox now try and swing a deal for Gavin Floyd.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Floyd is okay but not worth what the White Sox would want for him. I’d take him for the guy we got for Scutaro maybe 😛

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Floyd is okay but not worth what the White Sox would want for him. I’d take him for the guy we got for Scutaro maybe 😛

Donny Holmes
3 years 6 months ago

3 yrs $30M, with an option added on to tha maybe?

Bryz
3 years 6 months ago

I wonder if this mean that they already have the framework for a Lannan trade in place.

3 years 6 months ago

That’s a fair assumption. It’s probably correct.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

I dunno, Lannan lost his arbitration case so he’s still affordable and pretty solid. (Of course, that could be spun into positive trade value if they’re confident in Wang)

belky2
3 years 6 months ago

Who needs Prince Fielder? Probably another Nats overpay; awaiting contract details.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, an overpay for 1 year will really hamstring us.

TheBigStapler
3 years 6 months ago

The Nationals are going to be a fun, interesting team next year. Too bad I’m a Mets fan.

attgig
3 years 6 months ago

my sentiments exactly.

Henry
3 years 6 months ago

but you will get 2 see a lot of ants games since they r both in the nl east

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 6 months ago

With ya on that one buddy

bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

Hope it was a good contract. The Marlins need to take notes, this is how you build a winner. They will be looking up to the Nats all season long.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Wouldn’t go that far.. They might be a .500 team, but still have a ways to go to even be as good as the ’69 Senators for the Washington record of 86 wins.

Both the Fish and braves are better all the way around.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

um, no.

WolandJR
3 years 6 months ago

The Fish are going to be a circus this year. I got a dollar saying they finish under 78 wins.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Nat’s better get Teddy Ballgame back if they are gonna’ have a record year.. He was the one who had half the ’69 Senators hitting at career record levels and the 2012 nationals are a mish mash or young kids and walking wounded.

The circus? Yeah.. Guillen is a dolt.. U hit that one right on the head.. Wish Trader Jack was up to another year. The team respected him and he was old school.. Knew how to run a team the way the game is supposed to be played and hopefully the team will show Guillen how to play, rather than Guillen with his useless ways. I think the Nat fans are going to be in for a rude awakening tho if are having hopes of 2nd place and that’s not meant as a dice.. Just a lot of things would have to fall perfect for them and horribly bad for just one of the Fish/Atlanta for just 3rd and I don’t see it happening.

3 years 6 months ago

how is the marlins better? yeah they signed buehrle but J.J. cant even get to 200 innings. he is always hurt. hes a good pitcher, but he has health issues every year. same goes with Reyes, health issues every year. hes only as good as his legs, with out his legs he isnt worth anything. not saying their not gonna be a decent team, but if i had to pick between the nats and the marlins, id take the nats. especially if Harper is in the opening day line-up like they want. nats will win 85 games this year.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

“nats will win 85 games this year”

Wouldn’t bother me any if they did.. I just don’t see it is the thing. See.. I always liked the Senators ever since Ted Williams managed them anyway..

You left Sanchez out of the Fish rotation and on and off Nolasco and the heart of the Fish batting order that is pretty potent by any NL standards… Stanton, Sanchez and Lomo with Reyes and Bonifacio setting the table. 1-5 they are pretty good and Coghlan.. Wild card with will he go back to his rookie year performance?

Then… There is Hanley Ramirez.. Nobody expects him to be awful again.. Add him to the heart of that order and it is almost Phillie like.

JJ (yes, injuries) Sanchez, Buehrle (yep.. innings eater) and Nolasco (wild card) are a decent 4 and Zambrano, if he does not bash Guillen in the head and take each other out… Are a not bad 1-5…

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think Harper should be expected to be a major contributor in 2012. As for the Marlins, Buerhle was a solid pitcher in the AL and should be as good if not better in the NL. True about JJ but he was good for about 200 IP in 2009 and 2010. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him go 180-200 this year. JJ/Sanchez/Nolasco/Buerhle.

As for Reyes….give me a break. Even w/ his injury issues he was still worth a 6 WAR

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Braves starters vs Nats starters in 2011: ERA/FIP

3.73/3.65 vs 3.80/3.93
Now..Add unproven rookies – Derek Low

vs

Add Gio, EJackson and Strasburg minus Liv Hernadez

Offensively, the Nats and Braves were very similar:

.691 to .695 OPS, .309 to .308 OBP and .305 to .304 wOBA. Braves hit a few more HRS…Nats stole a few more bases.

Defensively, they were both pretty bad but the Braves were worse (-10.3 vs -23.2)

I wouldn’t say that the Nats are as far behind as you might think.

smt1
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t discount a modest bump in the Braves offensive output this year. They went from consistently top 5 in the NL to near last in the MLB in OBP last year under Larry Parrish, who was fired at the end of the season. I wouldn’t be surprised at a .900+ OPS Heyward this year. Said chipper a few days ago: “When the ball jumped off his bat [in 2010], there was a sound unlike
you had ever heard,” Jones said. “I didn’t see that at all last year.
It’s due to some of things he was doing mechanically. The ball is
jumping off his bat now close to the way it was in 2010.”

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I bet they need to add $$ to get anything for Lannan. And I really like the guy.

3 years 6 months ago

Edwin Jackson still has nightmares about Joe Blanton.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

1 down, 1 to go.

Justin Gray
3 years 6 months ago

#EJaxtoBucs

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Better in Washington than in Boston.. This sign was a relief to me at least…

3 years 6 months ago

Red Sox lose Edwin Jackson to the Nationals… man have things changed in MLB.

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

Contract details are out, you are absolutely right!

RetroRob
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t worry. As soon as the next free agent signs with the Red Sox or the Yankees fans of other teams will develop convenient memory loss about all the other free agents signing with other teams, including the teams they root for.

bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

Yup, looks like Boston has packed it in this year. No excuse for them to not try and fix their rotation after last year’s debacle. I guess they really have faith in Bard and Aceves. We’ll see how they do with much less fanfare than they had last season, it might actually be good for them.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 6 months ago

It’s going to be alright, they have Padilla

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 6 months ago

 I hope the “it” doesn’t refer to Texiera’s head, because that’d be a false statement. 😛

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

Grats on JAckson finding a job!  Hopefuly he can be a nice addition to what already is a promising rotation!

Lars Chunks
3 years 6 months ago

Heyman also notes that he’s basing all of this off of a sighting at the airport… typical

3 years 6 months ago

only b/c he cant say ‘boras told me’

3 years 6 months ago

Good move. The starting rotation gets deeper.

3 years 6 months ago

Red Sox are gonna really push for Oswalt. I have a feeling Roy’s gonna get more than expected from the Sox and land 12 mil.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think the Red Sox are serious in their pursuit of Oswalt, nor did they appear serious in pursuing Jackson.

Their last rumored offer to Jackson that I recall was only $6-8 million. No chance they offer Oswalt significantly more than that, even if he is the only talented pitcher available.

I think Cherrington is bluffing for the fan’s sake (even though the fans are too smart to fall for it), and intends to go into the season with the current rotation.

3 years 6 months ago

They dumped Marco for salary. If he doesn’t get a pitcher it won’t look good for the Sox.

CardsEagles1489
3 years 6 months ago

Man, Nats have a legit rotation. Jackson is no ace, (more like a 3 or 4) but he eats innings. Hard to hate on this pickup. I was kinda hoping the Cards would sign him..

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

To do what?  Pinch hit?

Rotation is already full, and he wanted a multi-year deal.

Unless the Cardinals were going to trade Shelby Miller (why?!), or delay Carlos Martinez an extra year, there really wasn’t a place to put Jackson.

CardsEagles1489
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe you didn’t hear, but they were looking to deal McClellan to free up cap space. Also, they could have moved Westbrook to the bullpen, or have him waive his no-trade clause. They were chasing Oswalt, so that full rotation obviously isn’t satisfying enough for them..

Thomas Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

He is a Solid 2-3 if matches last years 3.55 FIP a solid 3 if he matches his three year average of 3.7WAR