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After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:46 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:53 pm
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With the Yankees unconvinced the Cubs will consent to trade Matt Garza for less than their very best prospects, the Yankees will continue their dialogue with free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson.

The Yankees and Jackson aren't in any way close to a deal. But there seems reason to think they might find middle ground, as the Yankees like his arm and see him as a solid pitcher who could fill their need for a durable middle-of-the-rotation presence. They also like Garza but don't want to consider trading two top prospects (the Cubs like Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances and want more than one of them) and aren't sure the Cubs are committed to trading him in the winter.

Jackson is believed to be looking for a deal that pays him in the $15-to-17-million range annually. Agent Scott Boras has compared Jackson to C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, John Lackey, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe in his book touting Jackson; all those pitchers received $14-to-17-million a year. For instance, in the three previous years, Jackson has won 25 games, struck out 490 batters and posted a 3.96 ERA, comparable numbers to the three years Burnett had before he signed with the Yankees for $82.5 million over five years; in those three years Burnett won 38 games, had a 3.94 ERA and struck out 535 batters. As we know now, the Burnett deal didn't work out so great for the Yankees, however.
 
More remarkable, Jackson is one of only three active pitchers age 27 or younger who has thrown 950 innings with no D.L. time, with the others being Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Jackson is also one of three pitchers 27 or younger who's started more than 30 games each of the past five years. The other two are Cain and Felix Hernandez.

There are other starting pitching alternatives on the trade and free agent market, including Gavin Floyd, Wady Rodriguez, Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt. There's no proof they are heavily involved with Floyd, Rodriguez or Oswalt, and there are uncertain whether Kuroda would go to New York.

The Yankees made only a modest efort at Yu Darvish, submitting a posting bid of $15 million, which was well below the Rangers' winning $51.703,411 bid.


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Comments

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:31 pm
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

You're not investing 51 million to talk to him, if they dont sign him they have invested nothing...With Nolan Ryan at the helm I would bet that Darvish's deal is at least comparable to what "E-Jax" gets when all is said and done (or Darvish will be playing in Japan).  Will Darvish be better then Jackson come full season stats in the big's...lets just say I wouldn't bet a days pay on it.



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:59 pm
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

If Jackson gets close to $15 million a year they really need to investigate the GM making the deal because there will have to be a kickback involved. Since when does a 4 era, with an average of 8 wins a year get you that kind of money?  Man I wish an owner would take a chance on a fantasy baseball addict (me) to see if someone who knows something about players would do.  Sure, I'm not going to be a talent evaluator, but I sure as heck know not to lock up a stiff like this for that kind of money.  Not only are there performance issues there is a huge injury risk.  Give me a budget and I'm willing to bet I can assemble a competitive team by not trading for players out of desperation (hello Guillen, Zambrano?) and not overpaying average players (yeah you Bay and Werth).  It really isnt that hard.  Willing to work cheap!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:40 pm
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

if there was a salary cap your team would be in the celler every year
If you're referring to the Yankees, you're DEAD wrong.  



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:53 pm
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

The Yankees must be dissapointing everyone with their lack of movement this hot stove season. But if CJ Wilson and Mark Buehrle are the biggest fish, I believe they are doing the right thing. I have looked for a story with some substance every other day and nothing. I dont know how bloggers are responding to these stories that don't say much. I can't believe the Yankees are interested in Jackson, not even a little. Theyv'e got to do better than AJ Burnett. Any pitcher mentioned with AJ Burnett can not have a chance with the Yankees unless the upside is better than Burnett when he was good.



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:58 pm
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

Scott Boras should give up being an agent and become a full time author. Is there any player he represents that he doesn’t write a book on? I mean seriously...Edwin Jackson? A journeyman (6 teams and counting) .500 pitcher with a career ERA of 4.46? No, forget author... he should be a comedian. I mean 15+ million? That's hysterical...and any GM with half a brain should be on the floor laughing when he hears Scotty try to justify such a contract, by making comparisons to such epic fails as AJ Burnett and John Lackey. Oh but wait... he is durable and has pitched so many innings! Yeah, the only problem is –that does not mean he's a great pitcher— only that he's young and (so far) healthy and his arm has a lot of mileage on it.






Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:21 pm
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

yes we can not afford junk, and your team always over pay for it, . if there was a salary cap your team would be in the celler every year



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:48 am
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

couldn't agree anymore with this. If i were the yankees, i would bring one or two of the kids up and see what they have. I think Edwin jackson is an average pitcher at best, even with the yankees. Why blow all that money,.....thats right were talking about the yankees. that money is starting to burn a hole in that pocket.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:22 am
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

If there is one thing the Tampa Bay Rays know, its starting pitching...there is a reason why the Rays traded EJax.

Yup, just like basically every other good player they've traded or let walk.  They couldn't afford him.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:54 am
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

So BorASS is trying to tell baseball people that someone with a lifetime 60-60 record and a lifetime ERA of 4.46, and someone who's pitched 1079 innings, and in those innings has given up 1154 hits AND walked 439 batters is worth $17 million per year?  Why doesn't he go out and purchase a team and let's see what kind on money HE pays out.  This guys name shuldn't be printed in the same sentence as Hernandez, Lincecum, Buehrle or even Wilson.  He's proven durability the past five years but other than that he's a 50-50 pitcher that you better score runs for in bunches.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:53 am
 

After hearing Garza price, Yankees eye E-Jax

So BorASS is trying to tell baseball people that someone with a lifetime 60-60 record and a lifetime ERA of 4.46, and someone who's pitched 1079 innings, and in those innings has given up 1154 hits AND walked 439 batters is worth $17 million per year?  Why doesn't he go out and purchase a team and let's see what kind on money HE pays out.  This guys name shuldn't be printed in the same sentence as Hernandez, Lincecum, Buehrle or even Wilson.  He's proven durability the past five years but other than that he's a 50-50 pitcher that you better score runs for in bunches.


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