Look at it this way. When September comes, and there is a huge game in Minnesota, with the division on the line, would you rather have Daniel Hudson or Edwin Jackson on the mound? A man who struggled through the A’s lineup or a guy who just no-hit Rays?
We all know the master plan was probably not to keep Jackson. But it’s a pretty good backup plan if you look at it the right way.
Edwin Jackson has some of the nastiest stuff in baseball. He was an All-Star in 2009 in the AL Central with the Tigers, and his main problem is control.
If there is anyone who can fix control problem it’s Don Cooper. Matt Thornton, Jose Contreras, Bobby Jenks, Gavin Floyd, just to name a few. Give Coop good stuff, and he’ll make a good pitcher.
Many say the Nationals “screwed” the Sox over by demanding something, then changing his mind. That’s just not true. They wanted Viciedo, the Sox wouldn’t give him up. There is no way they ever wanted just Edwin Jackson. So to claim they burned the Sox and now we are stuck with him is a joke.
Kenny Williams would never risk bringing a player in that he didn’t want in hopes of flipping him. 3 way trades are done for a reason, Kenny wanted Edwin Jackson, and now we should be happy to have him.