The Chicago Cubs are nearing a deal with free agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Thursday morning that the Cubs and Jackson are nearing an agreement on a four year, $52 million contract. With the Washington Nationals in 2012, Jackson went 10-11 on the season to go along with an ERA of 4.03 in addition to a xFIP of 3.79. Jackson will be 29 years old at the start of the 2013 season.
There has been a debate on twitter over whether or not the Cubs are overpaying for Jackson. At $13 million for the next four years, many Cubs’ fans feel that is too much for the veteran starting pitcher. The issue that most Cubs’ fans have with Jackson is that starting pitcher at times does not live up to his potential. While Jackson has the potential to be a #2 starting pitcher in a starting rotation, the veteran should only be viewed as a solid #3 pitcher in a starting rotation. The other reason why Jackson’s prospective four year deal with the Cubs upsets some fans is because it would make it difficult for the front office to trade the starting pitcher. The problem with that thinking is that many are assuming the Cubs will look to trade Jackson. The Cubs’ front office probably has no intention of trading Jackson. At fours year and $52 million, the Cubs likely view Jackson as an effective starting pitcher to have in their rotation through the 2016 season.
On Wednesday, I went into great detail on why the Cubs would be interested in Jackson and the impact his signing could have.