Getting in on the Jackson action

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Update: Jackson got traded to Chicago three minutes before this was set to go. I’m not taking it down.

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The big story of this morning has been the White Sox pursuing Edwin Jackson. We learned earlier this week that the Diamondbacks planned to continue selling after they unloaded Dan Haren on the Angels, and Jackson, with his roughly $1.5 million remaining this year plus $8.35 million salary next year, figures to be among the first boarding a train out of Phoenix. The White Sox could keep him for their own rotation, or could flip him to the Nats for Adam Dunn. Yet there’s been something of a snag here.

The latest word is that Ken Williams is working on a bigger deal, which, if completed, would preclude the Jackson deal. That would open up an interesting situation for the Yankees. They might not want Jackson — in fact, I’m sure they don’t want to add him — but they do want Dunn. Could the Yanks slide into the White Sox place and make a series of deals that would net them a baseball-mashing lefty?

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There is a way the Yanks could make this interesting. The Diamondbacks have been trying to unload Chris Synder since last winter. He spent much of last year hurt, and he produced a paltry .304 wOBA in just 202 PA. While he’s rebounded this year, the Diamondbacks have their catcher in Miguel Montero. If the Yanks would be willing to take on Snyder — and perhaps Chad Qualls — they might be able to get the package, along with Jackson, for relatively cheap.

Why Snyder? For starters, he’d represent an upgrade at backup catcher. He’s a decent hitter, especially for a backup catcher, with a career .321 wOBA. Total Zone also rates him as an above average defender, though he has earned negative marks in each of the last two years. We have far smaller samples there, though, because he has only 436 PA in those two seasons. He’s a bit expensive for a backup, but he’d also provide insurance for Posada next year, and would also allow the Yanks to remain as patient as they’d like with Jesus Montero.

That leaves the Yanks options with Francisco Cervelli. They could send him to the Diamondbacks as part of the trade, though since the Nationals acquired Wilson Ramos yesterday I doubt he’d be wanted by the Nats. Sending him to AAA isn’t much of an option because of Montero, and sending him to AA doesn’t work because of Austin Romine. They’d basically have to trade him if they were to acquire Snyder. I’m not sure how it would work exactly, but if the Yanks could get Snyder and Jackson for Cervelli plus a meh prospect, I think that could work out. It would cost them a few dollars, but that’s a resource the Yankees have in abundance. Might as well use it to ultimately improve the team.

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That would leave the Yanks with Dunn at DH and Snyder on the bench, and would presumably not cost them that much, because they’d absorb the contracts from Arizona. They’d flip one, and probably another meh prospect, for Dunn, who will cost around $4 million for the rest of the season. In other words, they’d get a better backup catcher and an ideal DH for somewhere between $6 and $7 mil, plus two prospects who would likely never crack the big league roster anyway.

With plenty of moving parts, it’s unlikely that the Yanks get involved to this degree. It does, however, seem to represent their best chance at improvement. If they want to keep Dunn from the Rays, they could do worse than swing a deal for Jackson and than dangle him to Washington.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    A well written piece, foiled by timing and chance. Oh, well.

    I’m all for buying Snyder by himself, though, if the price is just money.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Well with the White Sox getting Jackson, per your update, it would seem hard for us to acquire Dunn. Luckily he isn’t a necessity for us, though he would be nice. I wonder what the Nats would ask from us? Probably the world, seeing how teams deal with us.

    If the Rays get him, they certainly would have a great line-up…still not sure if it’s a division changer, though.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Upton and Zobrist have been a bit banged up recently, and while it doesn’t seem to be anything serious (sprained ankle and back stiffness, respectively) they might look at Dunn as insurance against injuries. Who knows, though.

  • A.D.

    Kenny Williams strikes again!

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    I wonder what the “bigger move” Kenny Williams was working on…

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

      word is Jackson is getting flipped for Adam Dunn

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        And then the White Sox will go with the unconventional 3-man rotation.

        • Thomas

          Small ball.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Beat Mark Buerhle like a rented mule. Run him into the ground.

          350 IP per year.

        • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

          3 days rest for all the starters will build character.

          /old school baseball’d

    • A.D.

      Brett Myers and Berkman

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Brett Myers is apparently “untouchable”.

        No, I am not shitting you.

  • Reggie C.

    So acquiring Edwin Jackson cost the DBacks Max Scherzer & Daniel Schlereth, and now Jackson looks like he’s headed out of town. Arizona has really burned itself.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Meh, IPK was a big part of that as well. Swapping Scherzer and Schlereth for IPK and Dan Hudson sounds like a win to me.

      • A.D.

        Agreed, especially since the D’Backs have hit full rebuild mode, 2 talented starters with 6 years of team control is key

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Bingo.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Question: The Nats wouldn’t do Dunn to Chicago for Daniel Hudson, but they’ll do it for Edwin Jackson?

    Ummm… why? Hudson’s ceiling is higher than Jackson, and he’s far cheaper. I don’t get that move from Washington, especially on the heels of the brilliant Capps/Ramos swap.

    You’re better off taking Hudson and waiting on his development than overpaying for Jackson’s non-elite performance, IMHO.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      If the price on Dunn was truly Edwin Jackson I don’t see how the Yankees couldn’t and wouldn’t have done better. I can’t believe it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        But if the price is Edwin Jackson, then the price was basically “An starter with MLB experience that we can literally plug into the rotation this very instant with league average performance at worst.”

        We don’t have any spare Edwin Jackson level guys lying around. Nova/McAllister/Phelps/etc. aren’t Jackson, they’re lower than him (since they’re not ready yet, merely future potential).

        • mikebk

          is there a gap out there between what Nova and Dan Hudson?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Yes. A considerable one. Hudson has been described as a potential #2/#3. Nova’s strictly back-end.

            • mikebk

              ok, cause i have also seen Hudson described as a middle reliever. thanks for the info.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I’m sure we could have gotten one of those guys if necessary though. My main point is, seriously, Edwin Jackson can get you Adam Dunn (+2 picks)?

    • Thomas

      My theory is this:

      The Nats preferred Hudson to Jackson, but they want two good players in the deal (Danks or Flowers) and KW won’t do that. KW now trades Hudson for Jackson and will offer Jackson and the second player to the Nats, not realizing in the end he still traded away Hudson and the second player for done.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Perhaps.

  • wooderson

    is it just me or has every trade this season been one-sided? aside from the oswalt trade, it just seems like every team is getting rid of overpaid guys for B level prospects.

  • mikebk

    is it possible that the d-backs just got more for jackson than haren?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Possible, but not quite. Skaggs and Colvin have great upside (Hudsonesque), and Saunders fills a need for that team.

  • dsadw

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    • steve (different one)

      this is easily the most intriguing rumor i’ve heard this entire deadline.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Per Kurkjian Sox are not flipping Jackson for Dunn.

    • Kiersten

      I was gonna say, I thought I read earlier that the Nats don’t want Jackson.