|By Adam H. Wong||By 10-31-2012|
|1. By: Adam H. Wong on 10-31-2012 14:12:01|
It was brought to my attention that Jackson is no longer a Boras client, per Ken Rosenthal. This doesn't effect the fact that he'll still be seeking a long-term deal. Since Boras is out of the picture, clubs who dislike dealing with Boras may look twice at Jackson.
|2. By: jgstecker on 10-31-2012 14:26:11|
Jackson makes a little sense if Iwakuma leaves or only signs a one-year deal. I think in 2014 Seattle doesn't need to have more than two pitchers signed to big contracts. Between Hultzen, Paxton, Ramirez, Walker, and Maurer they ought to be able to fill 3 rotation slots.
Somone will pay him more than I'd be comfortable with.
|3. By: Jerry on 10-31-2012 15:04:37|
If the M's are thinking about adding a starter, why not try something a bit more risky?
He sucked last year for the Giants, and was pitching out of the bullpen for them by the playoffs. The Giants have a lot of starting pitching, and probably don't need to spend $22 mil on a reliever. I wonder if they would move him. I bet it wouldn't cost much if the M's assumed most or all of that contract. He would be a great buy-low candidate, as his salary makes him difficult to trade to most teams. But he is only signed for one year, so there isn't any long-term risk.
From a marketing standpoint it would be brilliant. The fans would love it. The return to Seattle would be a great story line, and there aren't many guys who are more fun to watch. If nothing else it would sell tickets.
But if he turned things around and pitched like he has outside of 2012, the M's would have two elite Cy-Young-caliber guys in the rotation. How about a rotation of Felix, Lincecum, Iwakuma, Vargas, and Ramirez? Or move Vargas and fill in the back of the rotation with a cheaper option. Plus, Lincecum strikes me as the type of guy who would want to stick around in Seattle if it did work out. If he did well, then walked, the M's would recoup a draft pick that would probably be more valuable than what they gave up in talent to get him in the first place. Lots of upside.
If he continues to struggle it stands to reason that one of Hultzen, Walker, Paxton, or Maurer will be ready for a promotion by midseason. If any team is in position to take a shot at him, its the M's. This would make a ton of sense if the M's are willing to get the payroll back up towards $100 mil.
Just a thought.
|4. By: Edman on 11-01-2012 11:49:10|
Jerry, what makes you think Lincecum is available? Because he had a bad year, does not make him available.
|5. By: maqman on 11-01-2012 12:05:24|
Jackson is no thriller, not to me and surely not for multiple years in eight digits, that's a clown contract bro!
Jerry the Lincecum idea is far out, too far out. Betting $22MM The Freak will figure things out and then re-sign with the M's out of appreciation is a stretch.
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