It looks like the price to keep Edwin Jackson would have been pretty high because he signed a two year, $13.35 million deal to buy out Edwin Jackson’s final two years of arbitration. It’ll be interesting to see how Jackson does in Arizona in 2010. He’s coming off of a career high 214 innings and that’s after throwing nearly 190 innings in 2008 (including the postseason).
Keep in mind, it was Justin Verlander who had a tough time in this third season after throwing back to back career highs in innings. Jackson also had a rough second half in which he saw his strikeout to walk ratio dip severely. Chase Field is also still a hitters park, although he’ll have the benefit of throwing to the pitcher now that he’s back in the National League. My bet is, Jackson takes a step back before he takes his next step forward and I like the idea of having Max Scherzer in the rotation more then I do having Jackson.