As we head into the final weeks before the arrival of pitchers and catchers, Edwin Jackson is one of the few free-agent pitchers left on the market.
Over nine seasons, the 28-year-old righty is a .500 pitcher -- 60-60 --with a fair-to-middling 4.46 ERA. But Jackson had a good season in 2011 despite switching teams, and leagues, moving from the White Sox the St. Louis Cardinals at the trade deadline, going 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA overall and 5-2, 3.58 with the Cardinals.
Perhaps more importantly, he racked up his third straight season of 200 innings (he fell 1/3 of an inning short in 2o11) so he's not only improving with age, but getting more durable.
So it would appear Jackson would be an ideal candidate for the Yankees rotation, which is still a card or two shy of a full deck, right?
Wrong. Once again, the reason is that five-letter word that has repeatedly reared its ugly head this off-season: M-O-N-E-Y.
Sources tell me that Jackson's asking price -- a five-year deal at approximately $12 million per -- takes the Yankees out of that hunt, just as it did wth C.J. Wilson, Mark Buerhle and every other free-agent pitcher this winter not named CC Sabathia. The Yankees like Jackson, but not at that price.