According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Washington Nationals and Edwin Jackson have agreed to a one year contract, believed to be worth something in the $10 million range.

Earlier today, the Nationals won their arbitration case with John Lannan, resulting in a $5 million non-guaranteed contract for the left handed starter. Almost immediately afterwards, rumours began spreading that Lannan was on the trade block and that the money Washington would save by trading him would go toward signing Jackson.

No word has leaked on whether or not Lannan has been traded, so as of right now, the Nationals’ rotation will look something like this: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzlez, Jackson, Jordan Zimmermann with the final spot up for grabs between Lannan, Chien-Ming Wong and Ross Detwiler.

As for the deal with Jackson, it represents far less of a pay day than the one that the right handed starter likely envisioned at the beginning of the off season. After rumours that his original asking price was in the five year for $65 million range, a combination of waiting too long to sign a deal and general lack of interest resulted in this one year contract.

Making matters even worse for Jackson is that next year’s free agent class could potentially include superior pitchers like Matt Cain, Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels, significantly reducing the chance of a bidding war erupting for his services.

Remarkably, Jackson has averaged 208 innings per season over the course of a nine year career in which he’s pitched for six different teams. The 28 year old’s repertoire includes a 95 miles per hour four seam fastball, an 88 miles per hour slider that he throws a lot of, as well as a 94 miles per hour two seam fastball and an 87 miles per hour change up that he rarely uses.

As a Type B free agent, Jackson brings the St. Louis Cardinals a supplemental pick in the 2012 draft.

Comments (19)

  1. You know… I just realized that the Nationals have lost all of the positive feelings I used to have towards them on account of them formerly being the Expos…

    I kind of hate them.

  2. What’s to hate about the Nats, tons of great young talent and their not competing against the Jays, I think they’ll be a fun team to watch this season. Strasburg, Gonzalez, Zimmerman, Jackson…that’s shaping up to be quite the rotation.

  3. Lannan to the Red Sox to complete that clusterfuck of an off-season.

  4. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone thinks Edwin Jackson is a good pitcher. I guess he is an innings eater that helps save the bullpen, but other than that?

    • He’s not a BAD pitcher.
      You don’t want to be counting on him to be one of your best 2… but as a 4th starter, you can do a hell of a lot worse.

    • Edwin Jackson has had three consecutive seasons now with a fWAR above 3.5. He’s a good pitcher. The Nationals are getting a pretty good bargain here.

      • I don’t like fWAR for pitchers.

        But not as much as I don’t like Jacksons career K/BB ratio of 1.82, a number that would make Ron Shandler cringe.

        • Well, he’s got over 9 rWAR since 2009 as well if you don’t like fWAR. Jackson’s K/BB has also been well above 2.00 over the last three seasons.

          There’s little doubt that he’s a pretty good pitcher. He’s just not good enough for a team to throw big money at him apparently.

        • How convenient to pick and choose stats that you like and dislike without explaining why.

          As for his K/BB ratio, even you should understand why using an average of his previous 3 years is better than using one’s career average.

          Edwin Jackson’s 3-year average K/BB rate is higher than CJ Wilson’s and even our “ace” Ricky Romero.

  5. Dont these kind of signings and the Werth one last year remind you of the Orioles?

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