UPDATE – Washington Nationals GM, Mike Rizzo, announced the team was not actively shopping any starting pitcher while speaking with the media regarding the team’s deal with Edwin Jackson.
Edwin Jackson is going to sign with the Washington Nationals pending a physical according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
It is a one year deal, believed to be in the $8-12 million dollar range. Jackson had multiple three-year deal offers from a few teams ( one was believed to the Baltimore Orioles), but was said to be more likely to take a one year offer.
The signing comes as a bit of a surprise due to the fact that the Nationals had not been linked to Jackson earlier. However, Washington and Edwin Jackson’s agent, Scott Boras, have a tremendous relationship – Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and Jayson Werth are all Boras clients. And earlier today reports were swirling around that the Nationals were aggressively shopping left handed starter John Lannan, whom they had beat in arbitration earlier in the week. Lannan had requested $5.7 million and Washington submitted $5 million. No deal has been reached to move Lannan just yet, however, the move is seen to be purely a salary dump to make room for Jackson.
The signing could give the Washington Nationals one of the best rotations in the National League with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, the newly acquired Gio Gonzalez, and now Edwin Jackson. Could Washington be looking at its first playoff birth?