After years of searching, Edwin Jackson finally has found a home.
With a four-year, $52 million deal under his belt, Jackson knows where he’ll be for a while, after bouncing from team to team during the first 10 years of his career.
“I know I’ve been moving around, but I don’t have a bad rap sheet on me,” he said. “It’s not because I’ve been a nuisance in the clubhouse. It’s not because I’ve had any altercations or any off-the-field incidents. ... Half of the time I’ve been competing it’s to a contender, to a team that’s competing to get further. I really don’t worry about the things I can’t control. As long as I know there’s no a bad rap sheet behind me, I’m definitely not worried.”
Jackson threw two scoreless innings in his Cubs’ debut Tuesday in a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Over his career, Jackson is 70-71 with a 4.40 earned-run average. His durability made him a valuable asset in the free-agent market, despite his career numbers.
“When you’re a starting pitcher and put up 200 innings and a 3.8 earned run average, you’re going to make a lot of money, no matter if it’s long term or one-year (deals),” manager Dale Sveum said. “We’re expecting for him to be what he is and who he’s been. No more, no less.”
The Cubs are Jackson’s eighth team. Did any of his previous teams try to lock him up?
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