It was reported yesterday that the Washington Nationals signed starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal. The Washington Post reports today that the deal is worth $11 million.
Jackson chose the Nationals over multiple other teams who had offered him a three-year deal. According to the Post, the deal with Washington was attractive because it allows the 28-year-old to better set himself up for a bigger purse in free-agency next season.
The former All-Star posted a 12-9 record with a 3.79 ERA in 31 starts between the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals last season. The year prior, he had posted a 10-12 record with a 4.47 ERA in 32 starts between the White Sox and Diamondbacks. One of the main draws for the Nationals was that Jackson has shown a proven ability to pitch a high amount of innings. In his nine year career he has averaged 195 innings pitched per 162 games.