Some news today on the Cubs as they continue to look for young pitching. While I have mentioned briefly that Edwin Jackson fits the profile in terms of age and upside, they have managed to keep things relatively quiet as neither Tom or I could confirm any interest.
Well, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, they are very much interested and are one of the final two teams in on Jackson. The other is the Texas Rangers.
The Padres bowed out when they refused to go 4 years on Jackson, but apparently both Texas and the Cubs will. Jackson is said to have been seeking an annual salary of $12-$13M.
There was no qualifying offer made to Jackson and the Cubs will not owe a draft pick should they sign him.
He's a different kind of pitcher than Anibal Sanchez. He relies less on changing speeds and more on pure power. His command isn't quite as good as Sanchez, but it is still above average -- and more than enough for a power pitcher.
Jackson can hit the mid 90s and has a plus slider to go with an average change and curve. Last year for the Nationals he averaged nearly 8 strikeouts per 9 innings while walking 2.75/9 IP.
Seeing how things haven't broken the Cubs way on these things lately, we'll hold off before getting too excited.