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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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