Royals Need to Offer Edwin Jackson Money Reviewed by Momizat on . Multiple sources have confirmed that the Royals have offered 36-year-old Ryan Dempster 2 years and $26 million.  There has been no movement on that front but wi Multiple sources have confirmed that the Royals have offered 36-year-old Ryan Dempster 2 years and $26 million.  There has been no movement on that front but wi Rating: 0
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Royals Need to Offer Edwin Jackson Money

Royals Need to Offer Edwin Jackson Money

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Royals have offered 36-year-old Ryan Dempster 2 years and $26 million.  There has been no movement on that front but with the Red Sox in the ballpark it seems unlikely that Dempster would choose KC if similar offers were put out there.  After watching twitter favorite Brandon McCarthy ink a 2 year $15 million deal with the D-Backs it makes me wonder where is the offer for Edwin Jackson?

If you were here last year you already know that I made a case last season for a Edwin Jackson signing. ¬†It still seems as if Jackson is fighting the perception that he never turned into what people had hoped. ¬†That shouldn’t matter because what he has become is a solid 3/4. ¬†Don’t get me wrong if the Royals can get a #1 or #2 by flipping someone other than Wil Myers and Adalberto Mondesi then yes that would be a better move but a Jackson signing is a nice safe move for a pitcher that is pretty consistent.

Just take a quick look at Jackson’s 2012 and a couple other significant numbers:
2012 РCareer Low H/9, Career High K%, Bb% last two season career lows 7.2 and 7.3, Average 199 IP last five seasons

The righty was hurt by a career high HR per flyball rate of 11.7%, sending his ERA to 4.03 despite a 3.85 FIP.

This seems like such a perfect fit for the Royals and their park that limits home runs. ¬†Just take a look at Ryan Dempster’s FIP Chart in comparison to Jackson’s as broken down by age.

Jackson has been consistently lower than Dempster since age 25 with slight bump last year while both have kept their FIP below league average since age 26.excpet for a slight pop above for Dempster at 30. ¬†We’ve seen Jackson out perform Dempster at the same age despite pitching in a superior league. ¬†It was Dempster’s eleventh season and age 31 year when he seemed to find consistency. ¬†What season is Jackson entering? ¬†His eleventh.

If the Royals aren’t going to get a #1 without giving up Myers then taking a chance that Jackson’s walk rate has plateaued and Kauffman stadium will drive down his home run rate is a very solid bet. ¬†No team is going to step up to a 3 year deal for EJax meaning the Royals could quickly buy out the market at 3/27 or 3/30 and get themselves an inning eating consistent pitcher who may be finding the level that Ryan Dempster did five years ago.

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Clint Scoles

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that. I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (2)

  • Clint Scoles

    Clint Scoles

    Villanueva was said to be a target at the end of the season. They could be letting the market play out before making a move on him.

  • DownUnderFan

    I agreed with you guys this week on your podcast on Dempster. It likely would have been Moore’s final legacy as a Royal’s GM had Dempster really been offered and accepted. I still question if Moore actually made an offer or was just probing. At 2 years – $26M, a Dempster flop following Sanchez might have forced Glass’ hand.

    I also question, assuming an offer was made, just how much involvement Ned Yost had. After Yost’s press conference this week where he told us just how great Luke Hochevar is, I tend to smell Ned’s odor on any proposed trade or signing that appears beyond the realm of common sense.

    I wish I understood the reticence on Jackson. No, he is not an ace, but he is a durable starter that gives innings and a 500 or better winning percentage. As I have said for years now, 5 x #3 starters can get the Royals into the playoffs just as easily as a 1 thru 5 if you have the right manager who uses them effectively.

    It appears Villanueva is also not in the cards, or Dayton is holding him as a safety valve.

    At this point, I hope Dayton takes a well deserved vacation and forgets about trades or signings until after Christmas. Might not improve the team but also does not take the risk on making things worse. And some of the options will still be available in January…and at a greatly reduced price.

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