Edwin Jackson of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the fifth inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Lots of buzz out there about the possibility that free-agent righty Edwin Jackson may accept a one-year deal with a contender to improve his value and go back into the free-agent market next season.
That's industry buzz that fits in well with speculation that it's in his best interest to take a one-year deal. According to Cafardo's source, the Red Sox offered Jackson a deal in the $5-6 million range, similar to the rumored offer for Roy Oswalt. While that makes it sound as if the Red Sox are automatically out on Jackson -- Cafardo doesn't seem to think that'll get it done -- the fact Jackson isn't just going for the largest deal is a good sign:
Jackson and Boras would like to re-establish his value, since it just seems to be the Orioles interested in signing him for multiple years. While other teams could use Jackson on a one-year contract as much as the Red Sox, at least this evens the playing field, and makes things about the money. Somewhere like Seattle might help in terms of a pitcher-friendly environment, but they aren't going to compete this year like, say, Boston.
While the Red Sox are already in line to exceed the luxury tax, they also have a history of getting a few dollars more out of ownership when their guy is close to signing. Of course, the Red Sox also are deciding whether waiting to make a move later on is more important than locking someone like Jackson up now at a price that they aren't comfortable with, so we'll just have to wait and see how this develops.