The Cleveland Indians are now talking to starting pitcher Edwin Jackson about a contract for 2013. Jackson is also being courted by the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
Bidding for Jackson is reaching the four-year and $50 million mark reports John Heyman. Last season Jackson pitched for the Washington Nationals posting a 10-11 record and a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts. Jackson was the only member of the Nationals staff to have a losing record and also had the highest ERA of anyone who made more then six starts.
In a ten year career Jackson is 70-71 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He has also spent time with Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago (A), and St. Louis.
Cleveland has also been courting former Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher. Swisher is known to have drawn interest from Boston and had been talking to Seattle until recently. Swisher visited Cleveland yesterday and was met by former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel among others.
It is unlikely that the Indians sign both players but they are looking to improve on a team that finished 68-94.At the beginning of the off season they signed Terry Francona to serve as manager.