Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract


Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market.

And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million.

C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for five seasons from the Angels and Mark Buehrle got $48 million for four seasons from the Marlins, but they went off the market before options for starting pitchers dwindled and have more impressive track records than Jackson, who posted a 3.79 ERA in 200 innings last season and has a 4.46 career mark.

Of course, Jackson is also just 28 years old and because of that a five-season contract could make sense … assuming a team wants to make a long-term commitment to a guy who’s pitched for six teams in nine years.

Matthews reports that the Yankees definitely won’t be that team unless Jackson’s demands drop, because they just don’t have room in the budget.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.