Scratch another free agent pitcher off the list that the Padres have failed to sign this off-season. The Padres have reportedly lost out on the Edwin Jackson sweepstakes after both sides had differences in contractual years.
Jackson seeks at least a four-year contract while Padres general manager Josh Byrnes isn’t budging on more than three years for any free-agent.
Padres are out on Edwin Jackson after refusing to go to 4 years….destination down to Cubs and Rangers
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 19, 2012
The frontrunners for the right-hander are now the pitching heavy Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs.
Now with negotiations ending with Jackson, the Padres have yet to acquire a marquee free agent starting pitcher, which was Byrnes’ priority going into the off-season.
We will see how the Padres recoup from losing out on Jackson.