Last year the Nationals were able to sign pitcher Edwin Jackson in February, just days before pitchers and catchers were to report, because he was unable to find a long-term deal elsewhere. This time around, it looks like Jackson will find the deal he wants.
Jackson, 29, is reportedly choosing between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the Padres have decided to back out. Former Nats executive and current ESPN personality Jim Bowden broke the news and said the Padres withdrew from negotiations based on Jackson's demand of a four-year deal.
Padres are out on Edwin Jackson after refusing to go to 4 years....destination down to Cubs and Rangers— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 19, 2012
Jackson will be joining his seventh team since 2008 after signing a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals in the offseason. He was the fourth starter for the Nationals for much of the 2012 season and finished 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 189 2/3 innings. He made 31 starts and struck out 168 batters and walked 58.
A ten-year veteran, Jackson holds a 4.40 career ERA across appearances with seven MLB clubs. He began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003.