Ex-Sox Edwin Jackson Signs 1-Year Deal With Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

The team said the agreement is pending a physical. The deal is worth in the range of $9 million to $12 million.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Jackson was 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the Chicago White Sox and World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, who acquired him on July 27. He walked seven in a Game 4 loss at the World Series, the most in a Series outing in 14 years.

He pitched a no-hitter for Arizona at Tampa Bay on June 25, 2010, when he walked eight, one shy of the record for a no-hitter.

Attempting to strengthen its pitching during the offseason, Washington has seven candidates for its starting rotation, a group that includes holdovers Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, John Lannan, Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler, along with Jackson and Gio Gonzalez, acquired from Oakland in December.

Jackson becomes yet another Scott Boras client to join the Nationals, following Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

Notes: Washington defeated Lannan in baseball’s first salary arbitration decision this year. The left-hander will receive the club’s offer of $5 million rather than his request for $5.7 million.

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