MLB Free Agency Rumors: Tribe in mix for Edwin Jackson

While the Cleveland Indians attempted to recruit free agent outfield Nick Swisher as if he were a high schooler looking to name his collegiate future, it appears that their conquests do not end there.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Chris Antonetti and company are eying up veteran starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, potentially adding to a rotation that recently added power prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rosenthal adds that Jackson would likely command a four-year deal that would eliminate the chances of the team adding Swisher.

The 29-year-old would immediately add talent and durability to a rotation that has otherwise been bereft of both qualities — has averaged 199 innings over the past five seasons and produced an ERA-plus slightly above league-average. Jackson fanned 168 and walked only 58 batters in 189.2 innings with the Nationals in 2012. He is compared to Anibal Sanchez who recently inked a five-year, $80 million deal with the Indians’ rival Detroit Tigers.

12/20/12 Update:

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  • MeandH

    Be a normal franchise and sign both!

  • Josh Zelch

    The Indians are sadly far from normal, I would be surprised if we got him or Swisher. I hope I’m wrong.

  • mgbode

    Good thing we can focus on Edwin now with the Morales trade completed. Oh, it was Angels to the M`s, but it’s one less thing to worry about, right?

  • Lyon25

    Yeah it’d be nice to GASP sign multiple free agents in the same offseason who make a decent penny

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Angels landed Vargas for Morales hate to say it but nice deal for LAAAAAAAA.

  • Steve

    That’s not “normal” and of course, we are in a worse situation than even normal franchises. Keep wishcasting though.

  • FearTheRoo

    Be a Cleveland sports franchise and do nothing!

    Jackson just signed with the Cubs…and the Tribe has yet to sign anyone other than sorry Mark Reynolds.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Jackson is going to the Cubs. :-(