He entered the free agent market last fall with such high expectations, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Edwin Jackson is likely to accept a one-year deal.
This is somewhat surprising given that the multiple teams were reported to have three-year deals on the table. Unless those reports were a function of bluster and psy-ops by Jackson’s agent in an effort to create more interest in his clients. But that’s unpossible, because his agent is Scott Boras and he’d never to that.
Anyway, the theory of a one-year deal to build value and go out on the market next year is good in a vacuum, but I’m not sure it works in Jackson’s favor. I mean, if he can’t get any action when, for most of the winter, his biggest competition on the free agent pitching market was Roy Oswalt, how will he fare when Cole Hamels, Matt Cain and Zack Greinke are on the market next winter?
UPDATE: The Red Sox have offered him a one-year deal worth $5-6 million. Yikes, way lower than he probably thought he’d get.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.