Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs finalize deal
- Updated: January 3, 2013
The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Edwin Jackson have finalized a deal that is worth four years, $52 million; which includes a $8 million signing bonus with $11 million annual salary per year. Jackson pitched last year with the Washington Nationals, where he went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in just 31 starts and also striking out 168. He now joins a starting rotation which seems to be growing, and growing each off-season with the additon of Scott Fieldman and Scott Baker. Jackson looks to add his arm to a strong rotation also joining Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, and newly acquired Carlos Villanueva.
On paper, the Cubs seem to have a pretty good rotation that could possibly make them postseason contenders, but the big question remains, can the Cubs live up to the hype now that they’re rotation has improved? Well Jackson knows what it feels like to be in the big dance pitching on the 2011 St.Louis Cardinals World Series team. Can he bring some of that experience over to this young Cubs rotation? Now, some may wonder is bringing a pither like Edwin Jackson into the organization going to lead his team where the Cubs haven’t been in over 100 years?
Well, with a career record of 70-71, 4.40 ERA, some can only hope that Jackson’s ability to go out every single game and perform as if it was a game 7 playoff game can shine throughout the 2013 season.
Image from: Zimbio.com
← Previous Story Report: Hideki Matsui’s MLB Debut bat to Cooperstown