Edwin Jackson, turned down a much larger offer from the Washington Nationals than the one year deal he signed for. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports,The Nationals offered Jackson a three-year, $30 million dollar deal, but the right- handed starter was looking for a one year deal to establish more value heading into free agency for the 2013 season.
Edwin Jackson may have seen a lot of teams clamoring for his services but it will be tough for him to establish enough value to get more than the $8-12 million he got from Washington. For example, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus writes that, although Edwin Jackson is very serviceable, he remains the same pitcher he has always been since 2003. And surely to increase the right handers value, the Nationals must make the playoffs – which is no sure thing writes Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs.com.
No doubt getting a number four pitcher that can regularly give you 200 innings is always a plus, but Edwin Jackson has never been a strike out pitcher with only a career 6.8 SO/9 ratio, and has always had problems letting men on base by allowing batters to hit a career .271 against him, and owns an eye-popping 1.476 career WHIP.
Edwin Jackson could be one of the final pieces of the puzzle to get the Washington Nationals into the plays-offs but the hype must be kept in prospective.