Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson will be a free agent once again this off-season after signing a one-year, $11 million deal at the beginning of the 2012 season. Since it appears the Nationals are not eager to bring back the right-hander, will the Milwaukee Brewers pursue the starter as a secondary option?
Jackson posted a 10-11 record with a 4.03 earned run average this past season. This may not be as good as his 12-9 record and 3.79 ERA from a year ago, but it should be enough to garner him a decent contract. Not to mention, just because his record was a bit worse and his ERA was higher this year does not mean he did not perform well this season.
In fact, Jackson’s 7.97 batters per innings is the best strikeout rate of his nine-year career. Also, his 1.22 WHIP is a new career high and his 58 walks are the lowest he has had since becoming a full time starter in the Major Leagues. The 29-year-old Jackson is still young enough where he can improve his game steadily season by season, which means it is certainly worth giving him a multi-year deal.
The Brewers are looking for a veteran starter to add to their young talented rotation. Milwaukee will be clearing a lot of space financially by not bringing back players with expensive contracts next season, which means they will be able to sign a top name starting pitcher.
Jackson will not be the Brewers first choice because the team feels they can bring in a more consistent arm. However, if Milwaukee were unable to sign a starter high up on their list then they would be more than happy to settle for someone such as Jackson.
After signing one-year deals and being traded year-to-year, Jackson would be thrilled to sign a deal worth three or four years. The Brewers may not want to shell out $13 million per year over a four-year span for a starter that has not won more than 14 games in his career, but a steady arm behind Yovani Gallardo in the rotation may be all the convincing the team needs.
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