Sources: Cubs, Jackson near 4-year, $52M deal

Updated: December 20, 2012

Buster Blog: Cubs Closing In On Edwin Jackson

The Chicago Cubs are moving closer to completion on a four-year, $52 million deal with Edwin Jackson, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney on Thursday.

Jackson, 29, was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts (189 2/3 innings) with the Washington Nationals in 2012. The Nationals did not make a qualifying offer to Jackson, so they won’t get any draft-pick compensation should he leave.

After going 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 199 2/3 innings for the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, Jackson wasn’t able to get a long-term deal, and settled for $11 million from the Nationals.

Jackson has played for seven teams in his career, which began with the Dodgers in 2003. The 2010 season included his 150-pitch no-hitter with Arizona.

He has a 70-71 career record with a 4.40 ERA. In 2012, Jackson had 168 strikeouts and 58 walks, but also gave up 23 home runs.

Information from’s Richard Durrett was used in this report.

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