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|2018-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||It seems to me that adding Kelenic to a deal for Cano is too much of a price to pay to allow the Mets to shed salary and obtain Edwin Jackson. This is especially true if the Mariners are desperate to unload Cano. If Seattle is insisting on a high ceiling/low minors prospect to dream on, wouldn't someone like Ronny Mauricio make more sense given the Mets' infield prospect depth in the low minors?|
(wileecoyote121 from Mamaroneck, NY)
|So I think an understated part of this deal is the Mets also really wanted Robinson Cano. Obviously there is leverage with the no-trade but I'm guessing the M's could have walked away at any point and gone to another team and gotten a significantly better return just for Diaz. I don't know how desperate the Mariners actually were. The Mets sure wanted to keep leaking that they were desperate, but how much so, well they run a much tighter ship. Also from the Mariners POV you can't really sell a trade like this without getting one headline prospect piece back. The optics matter. Ultimately I think the Mets just didn't want to walk away from the deal and that included getting Cano for them. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Better player to roster in a dynasty league: Dylan Bundy or Edwin Jackson? For the sake of context, let's just say that my team sucks.|
(Henry Owens from AZ)
|An Edwin Jackson fantasy baseball question in 2018, god bless. I think Bundy is more likely to have and keep a guaranteed spot as long as he is healthy (yeah yeah) I'd take him as an upside play (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Which pitcher and position player do you think will get overpaid this off-season?
And who do you think could end up being a steal for the team that signs them?|
(Josh from Chicago)
|Pitcher, overpaid: Mike Leake. Could fall right into that four-year, $50-million sour spot for FA SP, alongisde Edwin Jackson, Ervin Santana, Ricky Nolasco, Ubaldo, Brandon McCarthy.
Pos. player, overpaid: Cespedes.
P, underpaid: I dunno. Brett Anderson maybe.
Pos., underpaid: Dexter Fowler. QO will hurt him, not being a good defender in center will hurt him, but OBP is life and he's got it. (Matthew Trueblood)
|2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)||Where does Edwin Jackson land?|
(BNer Chip from Wrigleyville)
|Bret Sayre's basement. (Mike Gianella)|
|2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)||Who do the cubs get at deadline |
(Dp89cubs from Some place above sea level)
|David Price, Jason Johnson, and - yes - Edwin Jackson comes home in a tearful reunion that evokes the series finale of Little House on the Prairie (suck it, George Bissell) (Mike Gianella)|
|2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)||I realized I have the same issues as Brett. I still like Edwin Jackson. I invested my heart in a Jamie Garcia comeback. What is the best way to seek help for Sayre Syndrome? It is only a matter of time before I sell everything for Schwarber.|
(Charles from NYC)
|immediately cut all pepsi products out of your life, and check back in 4-6 weeks. DO NOT INGEST DOM SMITH-RELATED PRODUCTS OR INFORMATION.
Thoughts and prayers, Charles. Thoughts and prayers. (Craig Goldstein)
|2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)||Why do you hate Edwin Jackson, Ben? What did he ever do to you, other than steal Brett's heart?
In a serious sense, will Jackson start this year? I can keep him(keep 35 in my dynasty) and I think his poor performance with men on base should regress and I still think he can strike more guys out.|
(Matt from Cambridge)
|I'm still not sure I'd keep him. I suppose if you're keeping like 700 guys in your league, sure, but there's no upside there at all. (Ben Carsley)|
|2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who is the most maddening pitcher for you? Someone who seems to have all the talent/stuff in the world but hasn't put it together yet?|
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
|Edwin Jackson comes to mind. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||My understanding is there is a support group for us Edwin Jackson addicts. Bret is a member as well.|
(Matt from Cambridge)
|I can quit him anytime. I don't have a problem. I choose to go see him start five times a year. I don't have to go. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Out of the copious amounts of #4 and #5 pitchers the Cubs have, who do you expect to start next year?
(Felix Doubront, Kyle Hendricks, Wada if he resigns, Jacob Turner, Edwin Jackson, Dallas Beeler, Dan Strailey, Travis Wood)|
(Pelecos from Granville)
|It's a very interesting conundrum for the Cubs, and the buzz indicates that they will look to sign a front-line SP over the winter. I'm an Edwin apologist, but I think that he has run out of excuses. I think that T.Wood and K. Hendricks will both be a part of the rotation, and Doubront will either pitch his way to the bullpen or earn a spot in the rotation. I would give Beeler more time on the farm, and Turner could be a reliever in the end. Straily is the wild card.
On the jukebox: Thrice, "The Melting Point of Wax" (Doug Thorburn)
|2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)||When do you think the Cubs are going to finally get a top of the rotation pitching prospect? Edwin Jackson can only pitch four innings a start so many times before they cut him loose.|
(SBP from Indiana)
|It's all currency. The Cubs are going about it the right way, just adding talent and worrying about team needs later. I promise, at some point in time, they will get some pitchers. (Ben Carsley)|
|2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)||Hello,
12 team 5x5 keeper league. My pitching staff in "anchored" by Yordano, Cliff Lee, and Cashner.I also have Minor, Iwakuma and Eovaldi. My talented lineup has been underwhelming this year. Should I start selling off parts this year, or should i continue to compete, while starting Edwin Jackson and Ryan Vogelsong?|
(CD, as it cetacean dissection from MD)
|Oof, that's a tough break. I'd hang on for a little longer because your pitching studs could theoretically be back soon. But if they're still sitting on the DL in 3-4 weeks, you should sell, yeah. (Ben Carsley)|
|2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)||What were the most notable inconsistencies between your Dynasty 500 list and the order the picks went down in the #TDGX draft? Are there any of your own rankings that you rethought after going through the process?|
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
|Sure. People realllllllly don't like Jesus Montero or Edwin Jackson, but I'm happy to snatch both of them up awfully late just like I did in TDGX. (Bret Sayre)|
|2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you have a good support group for Edwin Jackson addicts?|
(Gila Monster from MA)
|I didn't realize Bret Sayre was part of the club until his LABR draft. Apparently he thinks he's a bigger fan than I am. :) I'm not sure we should be each other's sponsors (Paul Sporer)|
|2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I'm in a 20 team points league with a one SP per day maximum. Basically every SP or possible SP is owned. SPs go very early in our minor league draft. Without listing who all is available do you have any sleepers for the back half of the draft who could be low floor SPs? Staying a SP is a must because even 4th and 5th starters with secure jobs have lots of value. Thanks|
(Brandon from Springfield MO)
|Guys like Wei-Yin Chen are the go to guys here. Dan Staily is another guy to look for here, and I would take a gamble on (gulp) Edwin Jackson considering the league setup. (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Harry,
Would like your take on the upside of Rick Porcello going forward?|
(vampires from michigan)
|mid-rotation guy. I think his improvements in getting more strike outs and ground outs could be lasting. He made a change (more curves, fewer sliders) that may give this year's performance a little more weight than normal, relative to the recent past. If he's not with Detroit, he could fetch something nice in a trade. Think of him like Edwin Jackson, although a very different style. He'll eat a ton of innings, occasionally look awesome, sometimes awful, but mostly alright. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you see in Matt Garza's future? (contract, team, will he ever touch the production of 2011 again?)|
(TheCookieMonster from Champaign IL)
|oddly enough I would again bring up Edwin Jackson. Lots of innings, flashes of brilliance, but mostly mid/back type results. So I'd expect a similar contract scenario. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Better second half: Edwin Jackson or Homer Bailey?|
(Scarface from Little Havana)
|A LOT closer than most think, but Bailey has the better skills and team so I'm still leaning toward him. (Paul Sporer)|
|2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Rest of year: Edwin Jackson, David Phelps, Erasmo Ramirez, Kevin Gausman, Dan Haren.|
(LoyalRoyal from KS)
|EJax, Eraser, Phelps, Haren, and Gausman. So sad about Haren's demise. (Paul Sporer)|
|2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Can you name a non-ace or two in the NL whom you expect to be better in the second half?|
(Jason from Not leaving yet)
|Better meaning they've pitched and failed. Lance Lynn, Jeff Samardzija, Homer Bailey, Edwin Jackson, Dillon Gee (already surging), Brandon McCarthy & Ryan Vogelsong when healthy, and keep an eye on Tom Koehler who is throwing tonight. (Paul Sporer)|
|2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Bret, how close do you think Allen Webster is to getting a call up? I currently roster Hultzen, Gerrit Cole and Gausman in a dynasty league. I have one pitching slot open that is occupied by Edwin Jackson. Are any others droppable for Webster?
Also, Mike Olt is he a continue to hold onto prospect? I am holding Puig, Soler, Baez and Arcia(Twins) currently.|
(Mr. Slate from Bedrock)
|If he keeps pitching like he has been, it won't be long. But even if he got the call up tomorrow, I wouldn't drop Edwin Jackson for him. Mike Olt is worth holding, but if there's a better use of that spot, I'm not sure you'll miss him all that much if you had to cut bait. (Bret Sayre)|
|2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Brett...I'm in an 11 man mixed points league. roster limit is 26. we set lineups weekly.
right now my starting pitchers are C.C., Yu, Hellickson, Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Colon, Burnett, DeLaRosa, Nolasco, and Tillman.
I would like to pick up Dan Straily to stash on my bench.
But i've already got O. Taveras stashed at the moment with Cespedes taking up a roster spot as well.
Just wondering if you recommend picking up Straily now, and if so what pitcher should i drop (or possibly Taveras)
Thanks for the help Brett!
(eamuscatuli15 from Nebraska)
|I'd drop either Colon or Nolasco for Straily. He's definitely worth a stash. (Bret Sayre)|
|2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How long does Josh Byrnes wait before he takes steps to fix his rotation? |
(Gregorio from Londres)
|Hi Gregorio, thanks for the question. The biggest problem Byrnes faces is that there isn't any real way to fix the rotation. Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, and the rest all signed elsewhere, leaving the Padres with Jason Marquis. At some point maybe Cory Luebke, Tim Stauffer, and Robbie Erlin can help, but not now. (Geoff Young)|
|2013-04-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Edwin Jackson mixing in more sinkers? At Brooks, you guys have him going with the sinker only 7% of the time, but today he seems to have a really heavy FB (at least it looks like his FB coming out of the hand) working and is generating a ton of groundballs. Is he getting these groundballs with an uptick in his sinker usage or is he throwing a hard breaking pitch to get them?|
(Phil Mayo from Eugene, OR)
|his cutter gets some of them, his fastball is coming with a little more downward tilt than average and has a higher GB rate than the average fastball. His curveball doesn't get as many grounders as most do, but his slider is above average in that regard. So, short answer, it's a mix of tilt and his harder off-speed pitches. Maybe. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)||I may be a grown man, but my father always beats me to the late round sleepers. Who might I be overlooking this year?|
(Alex from Anaheim)
|If you can wait another 12 hours or so, I'm posting my 20 favorite endgame sleepers tomorrow. But just to give you a sneak peak, the first guy on the list is the consistently underrated Edwin Jackson. (Bret Sayre)|
|2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think of this trade?
12 team NL Only keeper league 4X4
Kris Medlen $1 2014
Edwin Jackson $3 2014
Freddie Freeman $10 option year
Lucas Duda $1 option year|
(grandslam28 from Chicago)
|I like the general idea of trying to sell high on Medlen, but Freeman - whom I like as a breakout candidate - is the only player in that return package that really piques my interest. If you're going to move on from Medlen, I'd try to find a better secondary piece. (Daniel Rathman)|
|2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Edwin Jackson a safe bet on a three or four year contract?|
(Xolo from Sudamerica)
|20 year contract!!!!
Joking aside, yes I think he is a safe bet, especially if the SD rumors come to fruition. His skills continue and he is an ultra-talented arm. (Paul Sporer)
|2012-12-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Are Edwin Jackson's mechanics built for his 203 IP/year average of the last four years (saving the obvious standard risk associated w/SPs)?|
(Paul Sporer from Austin, TX)
|Hey there, Paul. I like Edwin's delivery, which has improved over the veteran's career as he has added strength to his frame. His balance indicators are all a plus and I dig the above-average momentum - I think that he can handle the extra kinetic energy while safely maintaining his delivery (standard risk caveats aside). I think that the Cubs have quietly assembled a formidable rotation.
On the jukebox: Testament, "The Legacy" (Doug Thorburn)
|2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I've heard that the Cubs are close to signing Edwin Jackson to a 4 year contract. It seems as though pitchers have been cashing in big time this offseason, and being a depressed Cubs fan, I'm just looking for any sort of good news coming out of their camp (that doesn't include injured pitchers or unproven lower level prospects). Yay or nay to Edwin Jackson for 4 years?|
(Steve from Bayshore)
|Steve seems to be the name of choice today - I believe that's three in fewer than 10 questions!
I'm not a huge fan of a four-year deal for Jackson, because I think he's a low-end 3 or high-end 4 at his best, but he's been durable and relatively consistent over the past few years, so I don't think a $12-13 million annual commitment is particularly likely to prove disastrous, either. The one thing that does confuse me a bit is how all of the pieces are going to fall into place in Chicago, where - with Baker, Feldman, Villanueva, and now potentially Jackson joining Garza, Samardzija, and Travis Wood - there are more pitchers than rotation spots. Their injury histories make depth important, but it'll be interesting to see if Epstein and Hoyer look to move at least one of the incumbents this winter/spring. (Daniel Rathman)
|2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||With the Cardinals' inevitable loss of Kyle Lohse, do you see them being active in the free agent sp market? Besides Wainwright, Shelby Miller, maybe Garcia, Carpenter and Westbrook, they are a bit light. I think Kelly or Rosenthal could replace Lynn.
(Chopper from Indy)
|Hi Chopper. I'm not sure what the Cardinals might be thinking, but if I ran things, I'd wouldn't be looking to replace Lohse's 2012 performance. Adam Wainwright should improve a year removed from surgery and Chris Carpenter should give the team more than three starts. I'd be targeting guys to slot in behind those two, guys who maybe are on level with what Lohse was when he came to St. Louis. Specifically, I'd be looking at Joe Blanton, Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, and Anibal Sanchez. If I wanted to gamble, I might make a play for Scott Baker. But this all says more about my process than the Cardinals', so take it with a grain of salt. (Geoff Young)|
|2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hopefully now that the Padres Pitching Plague is behind them, I feel a solid starter is a pressing need for the Padres. When Luebke returns back from the dead we should have Volquez, Luebke, Stultz, Richard, [body]. Whom do you think the Padres should throw in there? Personally, and I know this is a pipe dream, but I'm liking James Shields.|
(Brandon from San Diego)
|Hi Brandon, thanks for the question. I like Shields, too, but we're gonna need a bigger pipe. The tricky thing with the fences moving is that they can't just go get some random Kevin Correia type and hope it works. Clayton Richard led the NL in homers allowed last year despite calling Petco Park home. Some of the guys I mentioned above as being candidates for the Cardinals might be good fits in San Diego as well. Edwin Jackson wouldn't be a bad idea, but do the Padres have what it takes to sign him? I don't know. (Geoff Young)|
|2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey, Dan. Please regale us with an anecdote about the Dodger prospect who most-pleasantly surprised you during your tenure. Thanks!|
(Cord Bird from Hollywood)
|Hello, Cord Bird from Hollywood, and thanks for the question. You're likely not doing much during this weekend's Carmageddon. My favorite one was a call from current Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, who I had known for a few years and brought into the Dodger organization when I was hired. He was at our South Georgia affiliate and called me in mid-May one year and said that the transition of outfielder Edwin Jackson was going way better than expected, and said that he would be a really good big league pitcher quickly. I had seen Edwin in the spring and liked his athleticism, but it all came together so quickly. It was great to have someone with such a good feel for the big league game to make that call and let me know. Roger has turned out to be a great pitching coach, and I am thrilled for him. (Dan Evans)|
|2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The Nationals find themselves in a position that would be a little uncomfortable if it didn't contrast so favorably with any decision they have had the past 7 years. Chien-Ming Wang is going to come back from the DL, and find Ross Detwiler in his spot with a 3-1 record and 1.59 ERA. Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmermann aren't going anywhere, and Edwin Jackson is only having a lesser year by comparison. We are told Wang can't pitch out of the bullpen. What can Mike Rizzo do?|
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
|Not pitch Chien-Ming Wang? I'm not sure Chien-Ming Wang's health is any more relevant to the Nationals right now than, like, Dick Cheney's health. (Sam Miller)|
|2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Looking forward to my prospect draft next season. Taijuan Walker v. Archie Bradley. Xander Bogaerts v. Javier Baez, Michael Choice v. Rymer Liriano. Who'd you take in those matchups?|
(Joe from Bellvue)
|Bradley, Bogaerts, Liriano. Walker is the wildcard for me because he could be the very good version of Edwin Jackson we saw a few years ago or the one that has been around most other seasons. (Jason Collette)|
|2012-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Colin - First, just let me say that I have really enjoyed the statistical analysis you've brought to BP since you started writing for the website.
Second, I've noticed that other sabermetrically-inclined writers on the web - people like Rob Neyer, Joe Sheehan and Joe Posnanski - tend, when using a thumbnail stat to evaluate a player, to almost always use the version of WAR developed by either Fangraphs or Baseball-Reference.
Does it bother you that, although BP's WARP can be found on a player's Pecota card w/o being a subscriber, it does not seem to be considered the standard or benchmark measurement? And do you have any theories as to why that is? Personally, I usually use BP's version of WARP and started thinking about this when Sheehan wrote in a recent newsletter that Edwin Jackson was a 3-4 WAR/season pitcher and I thought to myself, "No he's not..."|
(belewfripp from Knoxville, TN)
|My best guess is that, for several years, we basically kept WARP in the basement, on a separate set of player cards and not well integrated into the sortable reports. If we make it hard to use our information, people won't use it. I think we've done quite a bit to correct this in the past year or so, but we know there's a lot more we can be doing to make our cards and sortables more useful. So expect to see more improvements there. (Colin Wyers)|
|2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How do the newly configured Reds stack up in the NL Central for '12? Seems like there is still some upside in guys like Bruce and Bailey to consider along with the obvious upgrades w/Latos, Marshall and Madson?|
(Hip2Hops from Seattle)
|Yeah, with Pujols (and probably Prince) out of the division and Ryan Braun maybe missing a third of the season, I might give them a slight edge at this point. Of course, I picked them to repeat as division champs last season, so what do I know? What with the prospects they gave up in the Latos deal, winning now seems like the plan, so it might be wise for them to leave less to chance and make one more move, if they have the money. Given the team's lack of starting pitching depth, Dan Szymborski made a good case for making Edwin Jackson that move in an article over at ESPN Insider today.--Ben (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)|
|2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Where do you think Roy Oswalt ends up?|
(cubfan131 from Iowa)
|If you want to know where someone's going, you're better off asking Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney, or another writer who's wired in and breaks news. I'm just the guy who sometimes writes about moves after they happen. The most recent Oswalt rumors I've heard have connected him to the Red Sox and Cardinals, but maybe the Reds would make some sense. Despite the injury risk, I'd rather take a one-year, $8 million flyer than give Edwin Jackson five years, considering what R.J. Anderson discovered recently about pitchers who bounced around as much as Jackson has early in their careers.--Ben (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)|
|2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Thanks for the long response; now a much shorter follow-up. Who do the Cardinals keep for 2012 from the swag they got for Raz? More specifically, do they try to re-up Edwin Jackson?|
(BillJ from New Mexico)
|Dotel has been good for them, so I could see them exercising his option for $3.5 million, and Rzepczynski/Scrabble is under team control. You'd hope the .167/.184/.250 line Corey Patterson has put up since the trade would convince the Cards not to keep him. As for Edwin Jackson, it would be nice if he could finally find a home with a nice family that doesn't care that his performance doesn't always match his potential. He's 27 and he's pitched decently in St. Louis, so I can imagine that happening. If Kyle Lohse can get a four-year deal... (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Steven. I'm a big Yankees, like I know you are, and I was just thinking about some of the trade rumors swirling around the Yankees, especially Zambrano. Why in the world would we take Zambrano and his 37.25 million dollars over the next two years, when we already have a rotation that's too crowded to begin with! Ivan Nova was just sent down for that very reason. If we really want starting pitching, we can wait for this offseason, when CJ Wilson and Chris Carpenter, or even lower end options like Joel Pineiro and Edwin Jackson will be available, for a lot less might I add. I just don't think now's the time for Big Z in the Big Apple. Your Thoughts?|
(Big Bob from Indianapolis)
|I know I'm a crazy dreamer, but I'd rather see some of the internal options, starting with the two guys at Double-A, Betances and Banuelos, get a shot before any of the mediocre options you just named. (Steven Goldman)|
|2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will Koji Uehara ever become a reliable source of saves now that he is the favorite? ALso, what are your thoughts on Edwin Jackson?|
(Charles Darwin from San Fran)
|As Mike Petriello has said, as long as Uehera is healthy, he should be great in the role. I'm a big fan of Koji--I drafted him in a few leagues with the expectation the job would eventually be his.
As for Jackson, I have an article in the works looking at him and how he is changed (if at all) since coming to Chicago. (Marc Normandin)
|2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||As you work on your Edwin Jackson article, consider the possibility he is the new Javy Vazquez. Both are maddening pitchers with excellent stuff who seem to dominate until one bad inning lays waste to everything.|
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
|Who else fits this bill that you folks can think of? (Marc Normandin)|
|2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)||12 team 5x5, 1st year as AL only. Starting pitching looks very scarce. should that effect the 'hitters first' draft strategy?|
(duncan from toronto)
|Unmixed leagues do require more pitching depth than in mixed, and it's true that top-end SP's are in short supply in the AL. However, don't forget about the emergence of guys like Matusz, Morrow, Carrasco and Drabek, the strong 2nd half by Edwin Jackson, the growth of the young group in Oakland, and bargain-hunting on guys like Scott Baker. There are always value opportunities in any format. (Cory Schwartz)|
|2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How crazy am I? Edwin Jackson wins 17 games with a 3.50 ERA and strikes out 185 batters in 210 innings this year?|
(Eric from ILL)
|He didn't have the ERA last year, but it was his best season. Those numbers actually look pretty similar to what he did in 2010, though the ERA is lower than I like. If he can maintain the G/F ratio, pitching in The Cell won't be such a big deal though, which could help keep his ERA down. (Marc Normandin)|
|2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)||After seeing Dan Hudson pitch yesterday at Citi Field, I'm starting to wonder whether Ken Williams panicked or made a huge mistake in trading him for an average pitcher like Edwin Jackson. Your thoughts?|
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
|The Sox definitely gave up better value than was involved in the Haren or Oswalt trades, although the relative salaries involved played some small part. The question is whether Williams was making what I'd call a fair offer in the abstract, when a very different market, the one that gave us such lop-sided acquisitions as the Haren or Oswalt deals, exists. On the other hand, I look at what the Rich Harden deal did for Oakland--and the exaggerated faith a few too many of my fellow statheads placed in Gallagher or Patterson or Murton--and wonder if we haven't been in this situation for several years now. The impact of money, being able to afford spending it, seems a lot more important than WARP- or MORP-driven exercises on actions. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Why on Earth would the Nats trade Adam Dunn for Edwin Jackson? If they really can't re-sign him, wouldn't compensation picks beat that deal anyway?|
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
|Banking on compensation picks can be a little dicey, since you might not get what you expect depending on who signs where (see: CC Sabathia and the Milwaukee Brewers). I'm not particularly bullish on Jackson, but he does have stuff and can pitch in the majors now, two important things for a Nationals team trying to build some excitement and a brand. I don't think it's that bad a move, depending on what other teams are offering.
For the White Sox part of this thing, it'll be a shame if they have to give up someone like Daniel Hudson to rent Dunn, when they could just as easily have signed an ever-willing Jim Thome last spring. (Ken Funck)
|2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Edwin Jackson: worth a bench spot on my fantasy team? He's been improving recently, but is it worth starting him and gambling with my total ERA ballooning up? Will he get back to what he was last season?|
(Aaron from Georgia)
|Depends on how deep your fantasy league is. He plays in a home-run friendly park with a bad bullpen, which is not a good way to strand baserunners. I have never owned him in any of my leagues, for what that is worth. (Tommy Bennett)|
|2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)||So, I have Chone Figgins, Hunter Pence, Aaron Hill, and Edwin Jackson on my fantasy team. My question: shouldn't I expect big bounce backs from everyone here or did I just select duds?|
(Nasi Goreng from SE Asia)
|Chone Figgins-- His K-rate has shot up this year. The BABIP drop is small enough and it looks likely to fix itself, but the K-rate is just so high that he's not going to be effective when he's striking out like a power hitter. Even BABIP Superstars need to be make contact to keep their job-- you don't commit $45MM to Fred Lewis. Maybe a new hitting coach helps?
Aaron Hill-- His BABIP is .210 because he's not hitting line dirves-- it seems related to him swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone. Before he hit 32 HR, pitchers would challenge him more. Now he needs to be more patient.
Hunter Pence-- he isn't swinging any more often than he used to, but he can't seem to tell a ball from a strike anymore. Worse, he's actually making contact with those bad pitches and isn't hitting them hard.
Edwin Jackson is an average pitcher. He's not as good his 2009 or as bad as his early 2010. (Matt Swartz)
|2010-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Will, last year you predicted a break-out year for Edwin Jackson and my fantasy team thanks you for that. Is there anyone you want to tell us about this year?|
(Swingingbunts from NY)
|I did? I rule. (Dumb luck.)
I like Daisuke Matsuzaka, but that won't surprise anyone. I like Jake Westbrook's chances. If I have to go total sleeper, I'll say Manny Parra. (Will Carroll)
|2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Surprised there isn't more discussion on the three way deal yesterday!
Did the D'backs get a big bag of not much for Scherzer? To me, he's younger, better, cheaper, and less worn down than Edwin Jackson. Fewer innings, more Ks, and still two years from arbitration.
Is Ian Kennedy that valuable? What am I missing?
(RZFanClub from DC)
|Column on the trade is up, and I've mostly been taking other Qs. The Yankees made a good deal, not giving up much for a player who helps them. The Tigers made a pretty good trade, getting Scherzer, and it's not clear that they could have won with Granderson in the next season or two. The only rationale for the D'backs end of it is that they are convinced Scherzer won't stay healthy. Burning Scherzer to get an Ian Kennedy, which is effectively what the deal is, makes no sense. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Could you rate Dave Dombrowski's job performance since the day after the '08 season ended? Thanks.|
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
|The cutoff favors him, since it avoids getting into so many multi-year mistakes as far as big conracts signed before then. Edwin Jackson proved to be a bit of a steal, kicking sand in the face of a stathead community that was falling all over itself to anoint Matt Joyce as the Anointed One. I also tend to be charitable when a GM is willing to reinforce a bid for the brass ring; yes, Washburn and Huff didn't deliver, but Washburn was a good choice. I would have rather seen the Tigers go after and get a quality offensive addition, but that's easier to say than to conjure up, especially when the farm system isn't replete with trade-worthy bits. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||All told, I'd imagine the two most disappointing teams this year were the Mets and then secondly the Cubs.
For the AL, is it resoundingly the Rays?|
(Warner from Kansas)
|The Rays have been disappointing, but not devastatingly so. In the beginning, they played well but lost a lot of games they should have won. They collapsed down the stretch which was a bit surprising, and seemed to coincide with the loss of Carlos Pena (Ben Zobrist got his first start at 1B the other day -- why didn't they do that all along instead of Chris Richard?). Still, a lot of people saw this coming based on regression in the bullpen, and of course dealing Edwin Jackson turned out to be a bigger deal than they (and I to be honest) thought it would be, but that was a financial move. The Indians have to be on that list too, though in retrospect it's hard to see why so many were high on them at the outset. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Aren't the Rays kicking themselves for trading Edwin Jackson and keeping Sonnanstein? And is this a true breakout season for Jackson in Detroit?|
(Jason from Dearborn, MI)
|Jackson had more trade value, to be sure, and at the time of the trade the Rays had some reason to value the likely #4 guy over the upside with more risk. Sometimes you pull the wrong lever. I think Jackson's improvement is real, if not necessarily to this extent. He's a legit #2 starter in the AL. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Edwin Jackson just threw his 131st pitch of the day .... at 97 MPH.|
(dianagramr from NYC)
|Can't say I'm a real fan of how that went...it's not the raw number, but the combination of letting him go that deep with runners on base when he was pitching into trouble. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Joe, what's your take on Edwin Jackson's start to the season? I realize it's only three starts, but it looks like he's cut down on his walk rate. Do you think he can maintain this control as the season goes on?|
(Maurice from Brooklyn)
|I do. He was just so young when the DOdgers called him up, and then he got traded to the AL East...the talent is there, and the Rays did a very good job with him last year. I don't know that the Tigers are the best place to continue developing, but I think the steps forward we've seen are real, and he'll be a midrotation guy for a while. There's not a star upside, but if you can picture...maybe Gil Meche? Bronson Arroyo? That kind of guy. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-04-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Party like it is 2006/2007... which will finally turn the prospect corner this year? Homer Bailey, Edwin Jackson, or neither?|
(Greg from Toledo, Ohio)
|I'd bet both before I bet neither, but I already put some big chips on Jackson as part of the Tigers Top 11 prospect, so go with that. (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What sort of player might we reasonably expect in return for Hammel/Niemann? They'd be towards the top of an awful lot of prospect lists|
(Stephanie from DC)
|You know, good question. The return on Edwin Jackson was more than I'd expected, but the bigger question is what do the Rays need? Once you figure that out, you have to find a team that needs a starter, can handle the option situation, and has a match on the return. I'm stumped ... anyone? (Will Carroll)|
|2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||It was almost a given thàt David Price's drafting basically showed Edwin Jackson the door, do you think Wade Davis' impending bus ride to St. Pete makes the 2009 season an audition for teams looking to trade for Andrew Sonnanstine?|
(jlarsen from chicago, il)
|Absolutely. (John Perrotto)|
|2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The Rays massive improvement from '07 to '08 screams 'regression to the mean' for '08. Alternatively, the players ages (and swapping the Floyd for Burrel) screams 'more development ahead'. Which competing force wins out?|
(Nater1177 from Philly)
|I think the latter, as long as they have so many pitching alternatives in front of them. Don't forget that David Price in the rotation should also be an upgrade over Edwin Jackson, Carlos Crawford should have a better year in him, and right field and DH weren't solid areas of production and they've taken steps to upgrade those. The D should also continue to be solid. They did overachieve, and maybe they won't be +5 on their pythagorean again, but they might not need to be. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Could you give your thoughts on Jeff Larish and his prospects to play another position? Also who did better in the Matt Joyce/Edwin Jackson swap? Thank you!|
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
|I can't picture Larish playing anywhere but first. He played third in college, but I can't see it translating in the pros. The Joyce/Jackson swap is hard to evaluate, but Jackson is one of those players I'd be scared *&$!-less to trade, with the fear that he's eventually going to put it all together and dominate. (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Should the Tigers try Edwin Jackson out in the bullpen, perhaps in the closers role?|
(Mike from Motown)
|Dave Dombrowski said Jackson will be used as a starter. However, I could also see him closing if the Tigers don't land a ninth-inning pitcher via free agency. It appears their sights are now set on Trevor Hoffman. (John Perrotto)|
|2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Will the Rays bank the savings from shipping out Edwin Jackson and possibly non-tendering Gabe Gross to bring in a tasty DH like a Milton Bradley (whom I think Joe Maddon would be great for)?|
(Aaron from YYZ)
|Well, they have interest in Bradley and Abreu, so they've got a really good shot of getting a proven hitter to DH and bat in the middle of the lineup. All of a sudden, The Trop looks like a good place to play. (John Perrotto)|
|2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)||If you were the Rays GM (Freedman?), how would you approach this offseason? Would you sit on the farm system and let things hatch, or would you be looking to make a few to deals to put the club over the top? |
(Rob from Brighton)
|I'd be thinking about fixing my right-field problem, but beyond that, I'd be exploring making room for David Price in the rotation by re-adding Edwin Jackson to the bullpen mix to see if he isn't your eventual closer. Which is sort of like letting things hatch, but after finding a right fielder, there's not a whole lot else that needs going out and doing by going outside the organization. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||While I admire the Rays' long term plan and also recognize that this idea may be impossible financially, similar to how the Braves signed Greg Maddux prior to the 1993 season, I am intrigued by the idea of the Rays signing CC Sabbathia this offseason. What do you think?|
(Brent from Raleigh)
|It's an interesting thought, and who's to say it couldn't happen, but I think they are probably pretty set in the rotation and focused on continuing to build from within rather than making that huge signing. If you figure that Price slots into the rotation next year, that's Shields, Kazmir, Garza, Price, and Sonnanstine, with Jeff Niemann and Edwin Jackson as insurance. Of course, injuries could upset that, and you can never have too much starting pitching, but I think the Rays will probably focus on offense. Remember, they were second in the AL in run prevention this year, but only ninth in runs scored. I would think they might look at getting another outfield bat for right field/DH, and as more insurance in case Baldelli is unable to play a full season again. (Caleb Peiffer)|
|2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Open-ended question time: Why will the Sox beat the Rays?|
(Frank Senbeenz from Tampa)
|Only if injuries and the ineffectiveness of certain key regular season contributors doesn't come back to haunt them. The Sox, even with their problems, are capable of beating anyone left, or are at least capable of putting a scare in the Rays. The Rays, on the other hand, are as healthy and productive as they have been all year, with Crawford and Longoria back and Edwin Jackson out of the picture. The Sox may be outmatched if Beckett can't get it together. (Marc Normandin)|
|2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think the Rays should do with Edwin Jackson? There's nothing wrong with his arm, but he's hasn't taken the next step as a pitcher. Jackson/Niemann for Nady?|
(Tommy from OPS, FL)
|I think Jackson has taken a step forward this season. He hasn't become a superstar but he's pitching better. Jackson and Niemann might be enough to get Nady. That would be interesting. (John Perrotto)|
|2008-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who's the better pitcher Edwin Jackson or Andy Sonnanstine?|
(Tommy from OPS, FL)
|Tough call, but I think Jackson has the higher upside. (Caleb Peiffer)|
|2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Now that the Rays train has slowed down a bit and there's some "regressioning to the mean," do you think that the Rays have some staying power in their climb towards .500-dom and beyond?|
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
|At 45 games into the year, it's still early. To some extent I think we have to take the Rays seriously, though the players who should be driving the offense really haven't produced much thus far (Pena, Crawford and Longoria are all below .265 EqAs). The pitching is showing some real improvement; high walk rate and all, Edwin Jackson is putting it together and has been very tough to hit, James Shields has been nasty, and both Scott Kazmir and Matt Garza are coming around. They can thank a much improved defense; the team is 2nd int he league in Defensive Efficiency at .716. I'm a bit skeptical it can stay that high, but it's nowhere near the nightmare that it was last year. So I expect them to stick around at .500 or above. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What are your thoughts on Edwin Jackson now that we've seen the good and the bad this season?|
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
|I think the same thing I thought about him at the start of the season, which is that he's a #4/#5 starter. His numbers are unchanged from last year in the major peripheral categories, but his BABIP is a ton lower (in part because Tampa has radically improved his defense). (Nate Silver)|
|2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What's changed with Edwin Jackson? He's giving up flyballs, but somehow 75% of them have been of the pop-up/infield fly variety.|
(jlarsen from "The Burbs" minus Tom Hanks)
|There's enough weird quirks in his stat line that I feel safe calling this sample size. I keep looking for something he's doing differently, some new pitch, something Hickey saw. (Will Carroll)|
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