Report: Yankees Could Be Interested in Edwin Jackson

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Yankees could be interested in Edwin Jackson. The Yankees are looking for pitching to fill out a rotation for the remainder of the season and could be looking at Edwin Jackson.

Gordon Wittenmyer reported “scouts turned out in droves” Friday at Chase Field to watch a “no-accident pitching match-up of struggling, expensive former All-Star pitchers.”

PrintWittenmyer reported the Cubs “are motivated to move Jackson” and would likely have to send a large portion of the $26 million owed to Jackson over the last two-plus years of his contract. Edwin Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract in December of 2012 that included an $8 million signing bonus. Jackson is owed $11 million in 2015 and 2016, plus the remainder of his $11 million salary for this season.

According to the Sun-Times, any money the Cubs could save in moving Jackson could be used on future payroll.

After the game, Rick Renteria pointed out how well Edwin Jackson pitched before he was pulled with one out in the sixth inning after throwing only 88 pitches. Renteria thought Jackson “did a great job” and he was “really composed.” Jackson threw hard according to Renteria and kept the ball down.

Edwin Jackson did not walk any batters for the first time since May 6 and pitched into the sixth inning for the fourth time in five starts.

Jackson was asked about the possibility of being traded. According to the Sun-Times, Jackson said, “You’ve seen crazier things happen. Anybody can be a candidate to be traded. At the end of the day as a player, you can’t really worry about what you can’t control.”

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  • cubsin

    Please, please, please make this happen!

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  • triple

    “You can’t really worry about what you can’t control.”

    That sums Edwin Jackson up perfectly. He isn’t worried about not being able to control his pitches.

    • Jeff Wilson

      exactly what I was thinking when I read that! :-)

  • Roll

    Send NY E. and B. Jackson + 20 Million for a couple signed Jeter bats and a bucket of balls, that will work for me.

    • Sonate

      It might have to. I don’t see the Yanks wishing to part with much more than that.

  • Tony_H

    Neil – You should really check your facts before posting an article. I just read that EJAX is TOTALLY untradeable. It was on the internet….it has to be true!

    • J Daniel

      A bit sarcastic this morning!

      • Tony_H

        I just read far too many definitive statements this morning, then see that there actually is a chance EJAX is traded.

        • GaryLeeT

          I think you would have to admit that his tradeability is directly proportional to the amount of salary the Cubs will eat.

          • J Daniel

            Posted below. Agree with you. Eat as much as necessary to move.

          • Tony_H

            No doubt, but I would say the return is directly proportional to the amount of salary the Cubs will eat.

            Think about who the Cubs had to turn to in 2012 to finish out a season. EJAX is better than those guys….but not by much.

          • J Daniel

            No question. He is a tease. Excellent “stuff” but just can’t put it all together. Just wonder how he is in the clubhouse? Has to be a reason he has been moved so many times. Maybe it is just the disappointment that he can’t get over the hump?

          • GaryLeeT

            What a shame. I lauded the signing thinking the Cubs were getting a young enough player to be a piece, and Bosio could turn back the clock to get the 2009 All-Star version of him. But almost 2 years into this, it obviously ain’t gona happen.

        • J Daniel

          I know … I am being a bit sarcastic with you as well. I totally agree. Everyone thinks they “know” for sure like they are in the daily meetings. It is maddening and makes me crazy. Wish we could meet sometime

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, first you got me going this morning. I thought I made a mistake. Second, please play nice. You know I’m trying to make sure the discussions are kept civil. I appreciate your help with this.

      • Tony_H

        NP, sorry about that.

  • RickinMSP

    Accept anything the Yankees offer. Anything.

    • Jeff Wilson

      Alfonso Soriano for EJax?

      • Tony_H

        Soriano was cut and is free to be signed by any team for league minimum.

        • Jeff Wilson

          better call up Jim Hendry, he’ll offer him at least 7 years

          • J Daniel

            JH takes a beating on the 7 years but that WAS NOT HIM that gave the 7 years.

          • Tony_H

            True, but it is also fitting that JH was with the Yankees when Soriano was DFA’d.

          • J Daniel

            No question about it

          • SuzyS

            8 years.

      • J Daniel

        At this point it does not really matter what they get in return. It was a bad signing from day 1 and is the biggest mistake they made so far. I think it was a quick reactionary signing when they did not get Sanchez. Sometimes everyone thinks they will be the reason a player can change or get over the hump.

        Obviously, EJax has issues, whatever they are, and he continues to remain the same. If it is mechanical Bosio has been unable to fix and at this point won’t be able to. If it is character make up (uncoachable, head case???), well, he needs to go as the youngsters are coming.

        Every front office makes mistakes but the really good ones admit them and figure a way out of them. If they can move him for a low level prospect and save half of the $ owed then so be it. An additional $10-11m will help next year along with $5m from Smarj deal plus no more Sori $. Add to that the $ they had but did not use on Tanaka … well they should be able to sign the right veteran guys to help this move forward.

        • J Daniel

          Replying to myself … I need something else to do.

          But, $10-11 saved on this deal, plus $5m on Smarj, plus another $5 or so on Sori equals $20-21m and a really good player. In addition, the Tanaka money equals another pretty good player.

          I think we will see a pretty decent club next year.

          • Jeff Wilson

            Agree, next year we could have Bryant, Baez, and a few others on the team. See who pans out, and who struggles. At that point you have the cash to fill in the gaps, add a starting picture (would love so see Price) and you very well could have at least a .500 club.

          • Tony_H

            I think they will be all in on Scherzer and Lester this off-season with goal of getting one of them.

          • Jeff Wilson

            It seems to me that some of these pitchers would want to be part of the Cubs turnaround. Imagine the thought of being on this team competing for the next 4 or 5 years! A year ago I don’t think many players would have been interested, but given the strength of the farm system, I think the draw has some possibilities now.

          • Tony_H

            This off-season will be interesting to see how many years pitchers are being given in deals after the explosion of the amount of TJ guys this year.

          • J Daniel

            Agree 100%! Not sure I am giving up any pitching and this is part of the reason the pitching contracts have exploded. Also a reason why Smarj wants to be a FA and I don’t think anyone can really blame him.

          • Tony_H

            But now he is rolling the dice that he can stay healthy for the next year and a half. I wish nothing but good luck to him, but if he becomes another name on the list of pitchers needing surgery, his value will drop fast. Especially if it is during next season as he would 30 years old and needing a year or so off to rehab. That turns into a guy looking for a $5M, one year deal to regain his value.

          • J Daniel

            Yes he is!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I don’t wish good luck to him. I expect he will be slighty above average and wind up getting paid as such. An Ejax contract will be best he ever does.

          • mutantbeast

            Tony, you have to remember, Scherzer has already turned down an 8/144 deal with Destroyed. Hes probebly looking for at least Pujols $. 5/100 i might listen on. I doubt he will.

          • Tony_H

            Others have turned down their teams offer’s only to find out that the riches in FA weren’t as good as what was offered.

            I just don’t see any team giving 8 years to a pitcher this off-season, without some outs, options, front loaded, etc.

          • GaryLeeT

            I could see it taking 5 x 30 to land him.

          • Tony_H

            I would gladly overpay for 5 years, than give him or any other pitcher 8 years.

            I think Lester is the more likely guy if we get one of the top guys.

          • J Daniel

            Lester, IMO, would be a great signing and will take an overpay. Need to start adding guys that have been there done that to be leaders.

          • GaryLeeT

            I agree. The Cubs will get Yankeed on Scherzer.

          • Tony_H

            I think FA’s are going to have a hard time thinking the Yankees are a great destination. Not sure how they clean up the mess they have there with all those contracts and such an aging team.

          • GaryLeeT

            I think the Cubs finally look like the more attractive destination. Plus, with only a $30 million payroll so far for next year, they should be able to front load the contract to make it even more appealing.

          • Tony_H

            Plus almost $30M in savings from not signing Tanaka and trading Samardzija, Hammel, etc. They could give huge signing bonus from this money and still not hurt future years payroll, let alone could overpay in the early years.

          • mutantbeast

            Get 2 decent mid-rotation types(like Feldman or Hammel type production) and any decent production out of the kids and the Cubs become a 85-90 win team.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I think he was the one signing where they went againt their better judgment to appease the fan base. Backfired…

  • chrisyygirl6218

    yes please!!

  • BigJonLilJon

    This would be to good to be true!!

  • Jeff Wilson

    Is it a mechanics thing or that he lost a few ticks off his fastball? I would like to hear Bosio’s take on what he thinks about Jackson’s struggles.

    • J Daniel

      Sure it is a combo. Fastball probably not the same and if you don’t have “the other stuff” then the results will not be good. And for EJax the results have not been good.

      • Jeff Wilson

        That is a shame, because he really is a workhorse.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        He’s still throwing in the mid 90’s.

    • mutantbeast

      Ejax has trouble anytime he gets runners on. Seems like he loses c ommand when pitching out of the stretch.

      • Tony_H

        It is likely he forgets what is going on with all the time he takes between pitches.

        • J Daniel

          Part of the great thing about not watching games is not having to endure him. Will start watching next year when there are actually players on the team that will have importance.

          • Tony_H

            There are some here now. Rizzo is turning into a great player right in front of our eyes.

          • Patrick_Schaefer

            Agreed Rizzo has been great this year. I don’t get the point of people arguing between what he and Abreu are doing they have both been great kudos to the both of them.
            Abreu
            Is demonstrating more power and a very solid middle of the order bat but below average defense.
            Rizzo is showing his bat is upper echelon as well but not quite at the level Abreu has demonstrated. But with a much better glove and gets on base at a higher clip one is 24 and hasn’t entered his prime. One is 27 and entering his prime.

            They are both great players hats off to the both of them.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      His fastball is still in the mid 90’s

  • Jeff Wilson

    It’s really a great time to be a Cubs fan, I am excited once again (been awhile!) and watching the young studs making it to the majors will make me want to go to Wrigley just to see how these guys perform.
    This rebuild was painful, but for the next couple of years, we start reaping the benefits!
    Let’s Go CUBS!

  • Tony_H

    Huston Street was traded for minor league’s. Here is something to base a reliever’s trade value.

    “In return for Street and 2013 sixth-round draft choice Trevor Gott, San Diego will receive second base prospect Taylor Lindsey, who entered the year as the Halos’ top-rated prospect in the eyes of Baseball America, as well as 23-year-old righty R.J. Alvarez, who BA ranked fourth among Angels prospects. Two other minor leaguers are also headed to San Diego: rising shortstop prospect Jose Rondon and righty Elliot Morris.”

    • J Daniel

      Who was he traded to?

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Here is something to base a relievers trade value. They also sent a prospect back with Street and he is sporting a 1.06 Era and under control for next year.
      The Angels way overpaid
      So you think the Cubs are going to get 4 prospects back for Russell or Wright? That’s not going to happen. Unless it’s a bunch of guys like Zeke Devoss who the Cubs recently cut.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Street is currently very good, and has been very good for a long time. Cubs don’t have any relievers like that on their roster.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          I agree they don’t Tony said here’s something to base a relievers trade value from.
          I was pointing out that’s not going to happen.
          You can’t base a relievers trade value off of that trade.

          • Tony_H

            Yes you can, but you have to adjust for the pitchers in the trade.

      • Tony_H

        Russell and Wright are not Huston Street.

        But it raised the bar far relief pitching. So we may get something better than we think.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          Ok now I get your point of raising the bar I thought you meant the Cubs would get a similar deal.

  • mutantbeast

    Please, Stankees do us a favor and take Ejax off our hands. Id let you have him for a signed Babe Ruth bat.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I think Ejax would be a perfect, and productive, fit for the NY Yankees rotation and organization…

    (snicker / chortle)

    Sorry…tried to keep a straight face. Well…fingers crossed!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    The Yankees could be interested citing no sources of anything he’s actually heard just that the Yankees had several scouts on hand.

    I highly doubt they want 2 more years of Edwin Jackson.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    What does it mean when you accidentally tap on a commenter’s name on your touch screen and a then there’s a yellow bar next to it? Did I accidentally block or flag someone?
    I tried to tap it again and it’s going to their Disqus profile.

  • Swish23

    Eat money on a contract? Ummmm, I thought JH was gone. The great Theo did this? Noooooooo, can’t be, the only FA signing to date and a loser. ( plus Baker, Fuji, Stewart, Concepcion… About 80M worth). I’ll believe EJax is gone when he is; I’d not be paying more than 50% to move him. The prospect won’t matter; more about letting the Iowa SP get a shot. I’m stunned anyone wants him.; crossing finers now till the 31st.

    • Tony_H

      Theo has eaten money on contracts anytime needed. Part of doing business.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I just read GW’s article. It was pure speculation on his part. Not one single quote from a big league executive, scout, or anybody who actually works in the game (including food and drink vendors). It was only his opinion that the Yanks would want a starter that in 20 starts this year, only 5 have been a quality start.

    Time will certainly tell. Let’s see if Edwin Jackson remains a Cub for the rest of the 2014 season.