There is no way to sugarcoat Edwin Jackson’s disastrous first season with the Chicago Cubs. Of 80 qualifying starters in major league baseball last year, Jackson had both the 78th highest ERA, 4.98, and WHIP, 1.46. No pitcher lost more games than his 18, against just eight wins. Jackson’s disastrous season only cost the Cubs $13 million, the first year of a 4-year, $52 million contract.
Yet, with the information available to management at the time, it was completely reasonable to sign Jackson to a lucrative deal. Further, there is ample time left on the deal, three years, for the Cubs to still be rewarded.Follow paulmbanks