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Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:54 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:51 am

Edwin Jackson's agent Scott Boras spent Wednesday in Phoenix, site of the baseball owners meeting, and met with Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner to discuss a potential deal for the free agent righthander.

Yankees people seem to like Jackson but want to keep deals short because one of their greatest goals is to somehow get their payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. That isn't going to be easy for a team that's had a payroll in the $200-million range for years and is committed to $125 million for 10 players in '14, but the reward is that their tax would go from 50 percent on dollars above the cap to a much more manageable 17 percent.

The Yankees are also in contact with Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt, two more free agents, but they seem concerned about Kuroda's appetite to pitch in New York and Oswalt's soundness following an injury-plagued year. Jackson has the advantages of youth (he's 28) and durability on his side. While Jackson is 47-41 over the past four years, the Yankees may envision an improvement pitching for them. Jackson is a hard thrower who's had success pitching against the other A.L. East teams (he's 7-1 with a 3.10 ERA vs. the other four AL East teams over the past three years).

Jackson has drawn interest elsewhere (the Orioles and Blue Jays are others thought to have interest) but seems to have a particular interest in playing for the Yankees.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:05 pm
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Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:05 pm

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Hey jefe1997 I got some swamp land in Florida I would like to sell you. They call it creating a BUZZ and if you ckeck around it is on 100s of websites and blogs. One article begets other articles and the fan base gets juiced up. The locals start questioning the owners and GMs etc.  It is no conspirasy and I never said he gets paid. For better or worse it is the system. What bugs me is passing it off as reporting. I have the same problem with un-named sources. They are many times just bogus. If an agent is feeding you stuff is that true reporting? He even says as per a phone conversation in several articles. I like Heyman and many many times he is very good at what he writes. It is the so called scoop where it breaks down with me. I wish he could stick to what he does best and that is writing and using his great baseball knowledge for better ends.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:45 pm

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Since 2008 E Jackson is 27-20 with 394+ innings pitched, and that is while pitching for clubs that has a lower fielding percentage than the YANKS (Diamondbacks and White Soxs) and we must remember in 2010 Jackson did throw a no hitter for the Dbacks, this would be a great pickup for the YANKS.  A quality young pitcher without all of the AJ BAGGAGE.  I would hope that we would push for Jackson rather than an injury plagued Roy Oswalt, and an aging Kuroda (36). 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:43 pm

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

You conspiracy theory guys are funny.  I'm sure that Scott Boras is paying this guy to write about his clients, because all of the MLB general managers are on seeing what all these journalists and eggheads like all of us have to say about free agents.  I'm sure that the only reason why Prince Fielder is being written about is because Boras paid someone to.  Get over yourselves.

If there's a reason why a lot of Scott Boras's clients are written about, it's because he has a lot of clients.  Not to mention the fact that they tend to hold out for a while before signing, so as it gets later, there are going to be Scott Boras clients to write about.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:21 pm

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

If I was Hal, I'd keep sandbagging this winter see what you have in spring tranning with the 2 youngsters Banuelos & Betances The Yankees can hit Yankees bullpen is good. If Hal is going to spend money to go over the top in luxery tax the players pitchers better be dam good so I'd still sandbag this year spend your luxery tax money on Tim Lincecum next year This way you don't feel to bad going over the top Jackson over the top luxery tax not me? Tim hell yesssss

Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:47 am

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

please do not sign this headache he will become another burnett. we need to give our prospects a shot. we need a lefthanded starter .two leftys cc and someone else will put us over the top. i been a yankee fan for 56 yrs, hank stay out of cashmans job.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:13 am

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

We all come to these sites looking for relative baseball information and this time of year all we get are posts that are fed to us by guys like Heyman who is so information starved that he sells out his journalistic integrity.  We only get to read what Scott Boras and guys like John Heyman want us to read.  Factual or not.  If we all knew how much Boras paid guys like Heyman and other's we'd be left in shock.  The real news this time of year is ......There is no's only made up psycho babble from the spin master's.  Look at the numbers and make your own list up...don't waste your time reading the garbage posts of January.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:32 am

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

The Yankees signing Jackson would be a huge mistake, not sure why Hal is wasting his time trying to sign him.  Jackson would be nothing more than a glorified AJ Burnett if he pitches for the Yankees.  I say the Yankees should stand pat this offseason and go with what they have now.  They are still a playoff team even if they don't make a move for a starter this offseason.  If ARod stays healthy and some of the other Yankee hitters (Texiera, Martin, etc) get those batting averages up from last year the Yanks won't really need to worry about getting another starter.  Remember, the Yankee hitting was more of a problem in the Detroit series than the starting pitching was.  

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:48 am

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Is it not obvious to anyone else that Heyman is out there pushing Boras clients . He has been floating Fielder rumors, Madson junk and now Jackson.  Punch up Heyman's body of work lately and it is almost all Boras related. Is this good reporting based on inside info or is he working for Scotty?  It is like he is trying to gin up interest in guys that would have been signed a month ago if not for Boras. How about a little more reporting and a little less advocacy?  

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:25 am

Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix

Because the Yankees do not play fantasy baseball.  Matt Garza would be a good fit for the NYY, but the price would be high...I'm guessing Montero + Banuelos/Betances.  Which other pitcher is even on the market?  Wandy Rodriguez (he is not a top 20 guy)?  Same price!  I can't see any other club willing to trade its #1 or #2 starter.  Jackson is the best available free agent SP; as a #3 or #4, he is fine.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him pitching in the Bronx next season.

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