Padres Courting Edwin Jackson

by kelly on December 14, 2012

Free agent starter Edwin Jackson had to settle for a one-year deal last season, but he shouldn’t this year as the market for starting pitching seems strong. He’s getting interest from multiple teams, including the San Diego Padres, who Jon Heyman of tweets are “strongly” pursuing Jackson.

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A move to pitcher friendly Petco Park could be desirable for Jackson for his first long-term deal. Last season with Washington, he was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts.

Originally a draft pick of the Dodgers, the 29-year-old Jackson has had trouble finding stability in his MLB career, having played for seven teams already in ten years. And it’s not that no one wants him – he is traded practically every season. He has been traded six times in his career, including twice in the same day at the trade deadline in 2011.

His one-year deal with the Nationals last season was the first time he had hit free agency. Let’s hope he finds the stability he is looking for this winter. The Rangers, Brewers, Indians, and Angels have also showed interest in Jackson.

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