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Is Edwin Jackson about to make a decision?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  January 31, 2012 02:47 PM

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Lots of buzz out there about the possibility that free-agent righty Edwin Jackson may accept a one-year deal with a contender to improve his value and go back into the free-agent market next season.

Right now it doesn't look like Boston,

That, of course could change.

Jackson is a Scott Boras client and Boras recently did this with former Phillies closer Ryan Madson, signing him to a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds. Boras also signed third baseman Adrian Beltre for one year in Boston, before getting him a huge deal with the Texas Rangers.

So signing a one-year deal when the market doesn't quite believe in you is not such a bad idea.

Boston, which has offered a one-year deal in the $5-$6 million range according to major league sources, is definitely in the hunt. But if they're the contending team that's going to land him, it hasn't happened yet.

One Sox official said when asked whether they were landing Jackson, "Nothing new."

Jackson reportedly has at least two multi-year offers. One of them is believed to be from the Baltimore Orioles. Jackson would like to pitch for a contending team. If he's to accept a one-year deal it would likely be in a place where he could prove his worth.

He's 28 years old and has No. 1 caliber stuff and can give you close to 200 innings, which is a need for the Red Sox. But while having No. 1 stuff, he's pitched more like a middle-rotation starter throughout his career.

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