We're moving beyond the "reportedly" stage - Edwin Jackson to the Washington Nationals looks to be a done deal, save for that whole physical thing. Reports earlier Thursday morning said the Nationals were looking to sign Jackson to a one-year contract. Did they succeed?
They have apparently succeeded. Amanda Comak:
Source confirms: The #nationals have agreed to terms with Edwin Jackson on a one-year deal pending physical. He's in town today for it.
jackson is a 1 year deal, believed to be in $8-to-12M range.
Ken Rosenthal later narrowed it down to the $10 million range. So the Washington Nationals are signing Edwin Jackson for one year and something in the neighborhood of $10 million.
It looks like a pillow contract to me. Does it look like a pillow contract to you? Jackson will be set to re-test the market next fall. He'll pitch for a potential contender in the National League in a pitcher-not-unfriendly ballpark. And he'll make some money. This is good for him, and this is good for the Nationals, who should get some kind of upgrade on John Lannan. The Nationals are in a position now where every individual win matters.
Jackson came into the offseason looking to strike it rich. He didn't strike it rich, although, by a normal person's standards, he actually did strike it very rich. He's found a good landing spot, though, and it isn't with the Orioles, so all things considered, this worked out fairly well.