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.
The Cubs have made strong progress on a four-year, $52 million deal with Edwin Jackson.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 20, 2012
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