Thursday, January 12, 2012

Edwin Jackson: Desperation or the Real Thing?

Yesterday, Hal Steinbrenner sat down with Jackson's agent, Scott Boras to discuss Edwin Jackson and if a possible deal can be created. Yankees fans are jumping on the E-Jax bandwagon out of pure desperation. Jackson is a headcase, much like somebody the Yankees have on their starting staff *cough*AJ Burnett*cough*. His stuff is appealing but let's face it. Do we really want another starter with question marks on a long term deal?  Jackson is the premiere pitcher left on the market who is seeking a multi-year deal worth 15-17 million dollars per season. For that asking price, no thanks to Edwin Jackson. If Jackson is willing to accept a one to two year deal from the Yankees worth about 8-12 million dollars per year, I would be alright with it. The lack of free agent starting pitching this off-season is making Jackson look more enticing than he really is. Trading for a top-notch starter is difficult and impossible without including Betances or Banuelos. Too much has been invested in the Killer B's to just trade them for a Matt Garza or a Gio Gonzalez. A better option for the Yankees would be to sign a free agent starter such as Roy Oswalt to a low risk, high reward one year deal to see if he can contribute without his back giving out. I'm very leery about Kuroda only because of his previously stated skepticism about pitching in New York. The last thing the Yankees need in a rotation full of question marks is another disaster. Look up: Vazquez, Javier... part one and part two. So to conclude, the Yankees best options are to settle with a one to two year deal with Jackson to see what he can bring to the table. He is not a lock to be a reliable starter but he is proven to be healthy. I just don't think he has what it takes to pitch in the American League East. For me, Hal meeting with Boras is purely a move out of desperation. If something can come of it, I am willing to try it out as long as it is not a long-term contract. For me personally, Jackson is not the real thing. His ability serves as a mirage that will painfully be uncovered if the Yankees sign him to a long term deal.

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