Yankees Hot Stove: 4 Reasons Not To Trade For White Sox Edwin Jackson Yankees Hot Stove: 4 Reasons Not To Trade For White Sox Edwin Jackson Yankees Hot Stove: 4 Reasons Not To Trade For White Sox Edwin Jackson

Yankees Hot Stove: 4 Reasons Not To Trade For White Sox Edwin Jackson

With the New York Yankees state of mind fully focused on pitching, or lack there of, it is likely that GM Brian Cashman orchestrates a trade in the first half of the season.

This all depends what substantial pitchers are available and at what it will cost the Yankees.

Some things Cashman will look for is a teams that have an surplus of starters, a need for a young catcher or one that by July is already out of contention for 2011.

One team with a plethora of arms is the Chicago White Sox. With ace Jake Peavy slated to return in May or June, they need to make room on their overcrowded roster.

The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in right-hander Edwin Jackson, but after researching this trade possibility, it is risky.

Why? Here are 4 No’s (+a bonus) about trading for Jackson:

1. Nor Gardner, No Way….

Rumors are the Yankees are willing to package Brett Gardner in a deal—but then who is going to take his place?

The outfield is not even the main issue, but Gardner’s speed is irreplaceable and is way to vital to even contemplate trading him anywhere.

There is no way GM Brian Cashman and the Steins are this stupid. Ideally, Montero for Danks would work out for both teams, at least as a Yankee fan this I could handle.

Imagine if the Yankees were to offer Derek Jeter to Ozzie, he would give us Danks, Sales, Bherele and Floyd…. kidding about Jeter cause I want him never to leave. Regarding Ozzie, for the Captain he might throw in some bats too.

1. AJ Burnett and his twin….

The Yankees have their hands filled with AJ Burnett mechanics this season, so acquiring his pitching twin is way too much chaos for one team to handle.

By no means am I undervaluing new pitching coach Larry Rothschild because he is one of the best, but it’s his first year with this team.

Remember that Burnett might not get fixed right away, but I have faith he will get there. Still, it could be just too much for on rotation to deal with Burnett squared.

2. Walk-A-Thon….

When Jackson is on the mound it can resemble a walk-a-thon. Even with his recent drop in walks, which was staggering, it was the first time in Jackson’s career opposing teams didn’t looked as if they hosting a track meet on the base pads. From 2007-2009 Jackson walked 235 batters, which is so overwhelming that he has to prove himself unreliable, which can be decided in the first half of 2011.

Jackson’s career number of walks per innings is four per nine, sounds a little too Burnett-esque…YIKES!

3. Home Sweet Home….

Jackson debuted in September 2003 at age 19, and was one of the Los Angeles Dodgers most coveted prospects. He spent the next two seasons in Los Angeles, going back and forth between the minors and the majors.

Now 27, the White Sox is Jackson’s fifth team in eight seasons. He spent three seasons with the Rays, one with the Tigers and a half-season with the D-backs. That is a lot of moving around for such a youngster. Chicago seems to be a perfect fit and trading Jackson anywhere might be too much. Jackson has finally pitched like he can, but it was only for 11 starts and it would confuse anyone as to why no one wants to keep him, good or bad.

4. What About Gavin Floyd?

The White Sox have better options the Yankees could go after, as Jesus Montero is not worth the risk for Jackson.

There is no way Ozzie & Co. are going to part ways with 25-year-old John Danks, as the left-hander looks to be on the mound on Opening Day.

Gavin Floyd is a better option than Jackson, as he about the same age, and would be a capable No. 2 or 3 starter who could throw 190+ innings a season.

The Yankees might not have to even give Montero in the deal, as the White Sox would happily take Austin Romaine, packaged in with either Joba Chamberlain or a trio of prospects.

Catcher AJ Pierzynski could use a back up and a youngster, like Romaine would be a perfect fit. Romaine could be the future catcher for the White Sox.

So, is there any upside regarding trading for Jackson?

Yes, if Jackson continues pitching into 2011 like he finished 2010 would display an authentic change.

Jackson is an innings eater as he threw 209 last seasons, and in 2009 he gave the Tigers 213 innings pitched. He also throws a lot of strikes as he fanned 181 batters in 2010 and 161 the year before.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is a genius when it comes to pinpointing mechanical flaws that no one else even picked up on.

Cooper pushed to trade the White Sox best pitching prospect to get Jackson from the D-backs. Cooper saw the problem when watching video of Jackson and said he could fix it.

Under Cooper’s guidance, Jackson might not just have had a string of good luck in his 11 starts in Chicago; he could very well be fixed. The proof so far is in Jackson’s reductions in walks, going from 60 as a D-back down to 18 as a White Sox last season.

As encouraging as Jackson’s future looks, is attaining him a good idea when he is just coming into his own and finally feeling comfortable on the mound after eight seasons?

Cooper showed confidence in him and it might devastate his mental game coming to the Yankees mid-season, into a role that demands little margin for error.

Even with all of Jackson’s personal pitching positives, doesn’t mean he can pitch anywhere else because this is all so new for him.

Jackson likes it in Chicago, and it seems like to good of a fit to risk breaking up.


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