Edwin Jackson to the Nationals

And then there was … Oswalt.

Edwin Jackson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals believed to be in the $10 million range, which was about twice as much as the Red Sox wanted to spend.

Scott Boras told me moments ago he had a few offers for Jackson, some multi-year, one two-year and some one-year deals. He chose Washington which could be a contender in the NL East.

Boras has a signed a few players to one-year deals recently including Ryan Madson with the Reds and Kyle Lohse with the Cardinals. Obviously Adrian Beltre signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox two years ago. Boras does it when he realizes there will be another market developing for the player if he performs well in a big setting.

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Boras praised Sox Ben Cherington for his diligence in trying to keep in touch on Jackson, but in the end Washington had a better offer.

Cherington said Wedneday at the Red Sox Town Hall held in Worcester that he was unlikely to sign a pitcher before spring training.

Roy Oswalt remains an option. But the veteran righty may also get a better deal elsewhere.

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