Washington Nationals Sign Edwin Jackson, May Be Shopping John Lannan

The Nationals have signed pitcher Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal, and reports indicate they are shopping fellow pitcher John Lannan. General manager Mike Rizzo denied those reports.

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Nationals Trade Rumors: Red Sox, Tigers 'Most Serious' About John Lannan

Washington Nationals left-hander John Lannan has a pair of teams interested in his services, says Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. According to a Tweet on Monday, March 19, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers are the two teams "most serious" about acquiring Lannan from Washington.

Mike Rizzo denied the team's interest in trading Lannan prior to the start of spring training; however, a so-so spring from the lefty with hefty contract could have them re-thinking that position.

Trading Lannan would clear $5 million in salary from the books.

Lannan has allowed 14 hits and seven earned runs in nine innings of work this spring. Opposing batters are hitting .378 against him, and he has a 1.89 WHIP, second-worst of any pitcher on the team this spring.

Lannan is likely to break camp with the Nationals in a bullpen role.

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Edwin Jackson's One-Year Contract With Nationals Is Worth $11 Million

The Nationals agreed in principle with Edwin Jackson on a new contract on Thursday, but he was in Washington this morning finishing up his physical before the deal could be official. He passed, and the contract has now become official. Adam Kilgore has some new details for the contract, including exactly how much it will pay him, over at the Washington Post.

Some new details emerged today on Edwin Jackson's contract, from a person with knowledge of the deal. Jackson will make $11 million in 2012, not $10 million as had previously been widely reported, including by The Post. Jackson's deal also includes significant award bonuses for making the all-star team, receiving Cy Young and MVP votes and postseason awards.

At that value, Jackson is a risk worth taking for the Nationals. Maybe he pans out and they consider giving him a long term deal at the end of the season. And if he doesn't then his contract is up. You have to think a lot of other teams would like to have Jackson on their payroll under the same circumstances.

For more on Jackson and the Nats, check out our Edwin Jackson StoryStream andWashington Nationals blog Federal Baseball.

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Edwin Jackson Signs, And Washington Nationals Let Ride Their Four Horsemen On NL East

The Washington Nationals added Edwin Jackson to their pitching stable on Wednesday, and in doing so, they've sent a strong message to the rest of the NL East.

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Edwin Jackson Signs With Nationals, Mike Rizzo Denies Shopping John Lannan For Trade

When the Washington Nationals signed free agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson following the victory in their arbitration case with John Lannan, it appeared that they were going to shop Lannan around and use him to acquire a position player. However, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo spoke to the media following the signing of Jackson, and implied that Lannan will not be shopped.

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Rizzo also said that the Nationals are "going to make some tweaks to [Jackson's] delivery." Jackson finished 2011 with a 12-9 record and 3.79 ERA in 31 starts.

If Lannan sticks around, the Nationals' rotation should be a very strong one. Jackson and Lannan would join Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in a strong group of starting pitchers. Lannan will make $5 million next season, while Jackson was signed to a one-year deal worth approximately $10 million.

For more on Jackson and the Nats, check out our Edwin Jackson StoryStream and Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball.

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Edwin Jackson To Washington Nationals: Former Cardinals' Pitcher's Contract In $10 Million Range, Report Says

The Washington Nationals have signed former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson to a one-year contract in the $10 million "range," according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman first reported the news, but Rosenthal was first with contract specifics.

Jackson, 27, spent last season split between the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, helping the latter win the 2011 World Series. Overall, he finished with a 12-9 record and 3.79 ERA in 31 starts. He was slightly better for the Cardinals (5-2, 3.58 ERA) than he was with the White Sox (7-7, 3.92 ERA). The Nationals will be his seventh team in his short career.

Washington nearly acquired Jackson at the 2010 MLB Trade Deadline, but he was sent from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the White Sox instead. He joins a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and, for the time being, John Lannan. The Nationals are reportedly shopping Lannan for a position player.

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Edwin Jackson To Sign With Washington Nationals, According To Report

Initial reports came in on Thursday afternoon that the Washington Nationals were attempting to free up payroll by moving left-handed pitcher John Lannan and targeting free agent RHP Edwin Jackson to solidify their rotation. Now it appears as though the Nats may have already landed their new pitcher.

According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, Jackson and the Nationals are in agreement on a deal. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times confirmed that the agreement between Jackson and the Nationals is for a one-year contract and that Jackson is already in town for a physical before the deal can be signed.

The Nats now appear to have a stacked rotation for 2012 that includes Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Jackson and Lannan. Even if the Nationals are indeed still aggressively shopping Lannan in hopes of acquiring a position player, the rotation is still set to be quite formidable.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Washington Nationals Shopping John Lannan, Targeting Edwin Jackson, According To Report

The Washington Nationals are looking to make some more changes to their pitching rotation prior to spring training, it seems.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi at FOX Sports, the Nationals won their arbitration case with John Lannan are are now aggressively shopping the southpaw in an attempt to shed payroll and pick up a top-tier free agent. Lannan earned $2.7 million in 2011 and asked for $5.7 million for the upcoming season. The arbitration case came out in favor of the Nats, but his $5 million will make him the highest-paid pitcher on the staff in 2012.

Although the article on FOX Sports mentioned that the Cardinals would be attempting to sign either Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson, Rosenthal followed up with a tweet saying that the Nats would definitely be targeting Jackson, rather than Oswalt, after moving payroll with a Lannan trade. Jackson is a right-handed starter who last played on the St. Louis Cardinals.

William Ladson of MLB.com indicated that the Nats are hoping to get a position player in exchange for Lannan, possibly a center fielder. If they can get a reasonable starting center fielder for the pitcher, that might shore up the outfield in the near future along with Jayson Werth and the eventual arrival of Bryce Harper.

For more on the Nationals, please visit Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Nationals blog.

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