January 12, 2012

Gammons: Yankees might try to sign Edwin Jackson

If Yankees ownership isn't satisfied with the team's starting pitching, they might seek free-agent starter Edwin Jackson, according to Peter Gammons.

Jackson played with the White Sox and Cardinals last season, finishing with a 3.79 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 199.2 innings pitched. Jackson would provide some stability to the Yankees' rotation, as he's pitched at least 183 innings each season since 2008.

As a reminder, right now they have (via official depth chart):

1. CC Sabathia
2. Ivan Nova
3. Phil Hughes
4. A.J. Burnett
5. Freddy Garcia
6. Hector Noeisi

Jackson threw a no-hitter once but has proven to be inconsistent throughout his nine-year career.

More importantly than the report, to me, was the fact that I had a chance to ask Mr. Gammons about the Yankees' offseason personally (over the phone). I was helping him lead a live chat with readers on Boston.com for his Hot Stove Cool Music show, and I had a chance to ask him a question.

While speaking with him, I thought his ability to answer some of the readers' questions with such detail, even from the early '70s, was remarkable.

Speaking with the Hall of Fame reporter was truly an honor, and I have nothing but nice things to say about him. He told me, and I think I heard him say this once before, that he started working for The Boston Globe the same day as Bob Ryan, June 5, 1968, the day Bobby Kennedy was shot.

On second thought, I wish I had asked him about his non-vote for Bernie Williams for the Hall of Fame.

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