Everyone refers to Edwin Jackson as “E-Jax”, but I think a more accurate nickname would be “Plan B”. For the past three years, Jackson has been a “plan B” for every team he has played for.
It all started when the Chicago White Sox acquired him in order to trade for Adam Dunn. After that didn’t work, the White Sox traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-team trade. Lastly, after missing out on a long-term deal, Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals to round out their rotation. Now, at the 2012 Winter Meetings, there are MLB rumors that”Plan B” is now a “plan B” for the Los Angeles Angels.
Considering the Halos are a little pessimistic about re-signing Zack Greinke, they will now turn to the second tier of starting pitchers. With Greinke and Dan Haren presumably gone (unless they kick the tires on Haren again), the Angels need some quality inning-eaters, which is exactly what Edwin Jackson is at this stage in his career.
Despite having the stuff that would make any scout blush, Jackson has never really put it all together, seeing as his K:BB has never been over three. However, since 2008, Jackson has thrown 180+ innings in every season, making him one of the most valuable mid-rotation starters out there.
Jackson would be a nice no. 3 starter for the Angels, with Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson being the top two dogs.
If things go south with Greinke, this would certainly be a smart “plan B” for the Los Angeles Angels.