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.