In a story that rapidly developed this afternoon from rumor to Roy Oswalt to it’s final conclusion, the Washington Nationals signed right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson to a one-year, $10 million deal pending a physical. Nationals Press Release:
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on a one-year contract, pending a physical. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Jackson joins the Nationals after going 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 games/31 starts for the Cardinals and White Sox last season. A key pennant-race acquisition for the Cardinals in late July, Jackson’s 5-2 record and 3.58 ERA helped St. Louis catch Atlanta, secure the National League Wild Card and subsequently win the World Series in seven games over the Rangers.
Last season, Jackson’s average fastball velocity of 94.7 m.p.h. ranked third in MLB among qualified starters.
Looks like the Nats and Manager Davey Johnson are going for a 25-man rotation this season.
Overall I like the deal for what is it worth and for its length of time. The Nationals get a year’s worth of a relatively young starter with hot sh*t on his plate and a ceiling he hasn’t fully reached yet. A lot of potential there. Yeah, the Nats will be Jackson’s sixth MLB team in eight years, but so what?
There is a message behind this signing as well. It reads something like:
We be here, we be badasses.
Love, The Nationals
I wish I could devote ample time to this, but I am swamped with other projects right now. For now, check out the library of other brilliant Nationals blogs on our blogroll for in-depth coverage of this signing if you must get your fix now, but if you can wait, I will have a feature on Jackson and the Nationals beefy rotation on SB Nation D.C. Friday morning.