The Chicago Cubs have had success in recent years in flipping starting pitching for prospects as team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer continue rebuilding the club in their likeness. However, they may not be so lucky when it comes to struggling starter Edwin Jackson.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs are trying to trade the struggling starter although they aren’t finding any teams willing to take on the 30-year-old journeyman.
Heyman writes that even the New York Yankees don’t seem interested in Jackson and they have a pressing need for serviceable pitching with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda on the disabled list. Pineda is on track for a return in August, but Sabathia is done for the year and Tanaka may join him if he needs Tommy John surgery.
Jackson is owed nearly $26 million through 2016 and when you consider he has a 5-10 record and 5.61 earned-run-average in 20 starts heading into his start on Thursday evening against the San Diego Padres and it’s hard to justify paying so much money to a starter who can’t be effective.
If the Cubs eat some money in a potential trade as they did in last year’s trade of Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees, they may find some suitors for a team looking for a fifth starter to make a playoff push or if a team suffers an injury between now and the end of August.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is July 31, but with Jackson’s salary, he would be a candidate that could be moved in August.
Epstein and Hoyer could only be so lucky.