We speculated that the Padres could have interest in both of these pitchers and the media has made our theories correct. Jackson, is expected to command a multi-year deal worth $10-12 million annually. The Padres do not seem to want to make an offer on the higher end of the pay scale. Personally, a three-year, $30 million offer would be a fair offer. Anytime a team dips into the free agent market, they are going to overpay.
Oct 12, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson (33) throws during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals of game five of the 2012 NLDS at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
As for Porcello, the Tigers need help in the bullpen. Perhaps a deal built around Luke Gregerson could be a starting point in trade talks. The Tigers could use another arm in the pen and Gregerson has proven to be one of the best setup men in the business.
It is clear that the Padres need to get another viable starter if they have any chance in competing in the NL West.