Free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson has narrowed his list
of suitors down to two, the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers, reports Jim
Bowden of ESPN.
Padres are out on Edwin Jackson after refusing to go to 4 years....destination down to Cubs and Rangers
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 19, 2012
The San Diego Padres were in talks with Jackson but Bowden notes they fell out of the running when they indicated they were not willing to offer the free agent a four-year contract. This would lead one to believe that the Cubs and Rangers are willing to go four years for the right-hander considering they’re the final two remaining in the Jackson sweepstakes.
The Rangers have missed out on several high-profile free agents this winter, including Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli, and haven’t been able to swing a trade for an impact player such as Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.
While the Cubs are considered a rebuilding team, they did reportedly pursue free agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez before he re-signed with the Detroit Tigers. In the same way they could be pursuing Jackson to pair with ace Matt Garza.