As the 2011 MLB Hot Stove season ramps up, it’s no doubt that Edwin Jackson will begin getting some buzz around the Yankee grapevine. So let Fitz and Vig be the first to throw ice cold water on the idea. At first glance, Jackson looks like a solid play. 28 years old, established starter, 31+ starts each of the past 5 seasons (durable) and a 3.8 WAR each of the past two campaigns. But a closer look makes Fitz and Vig run the other direction. Why? First, Edwin Jackson reminds us of AJ Burnett (yikes) because Jackson is a veteran starter that has (still) only embraced two pitches (fastball, slider). Second, Edwin’s WHIP is 1.48 for his career (guys always on base). Third, his BAA has gone up the past two years and in 2011 opponents hit .290 against Jackson. Still only throws two pitches, runners always on base, high opponent batting average… not a recipe for success for a right hander in Yankee Stadium. Let’s look elsewhere.
Edwin Jackson: Free Agent on Yankees Radar?
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