Washington Nationals free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson is closing in on a four-year, $52 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
The Nationals failed to make him a qualifying offer of one-year, $13.3 million this offseason after signing him to a one-year deal worth $11 million in February. Instead, the team gave a deal to Dan Haren, who signed a one-year deal for $13 million. Had Washington gone ahead with the qualifying offer for Jackson, 29, the team would’ve guaranteed itself a first round draft pick should he ultimately sign elsewhere.
Last season for the Nationals, Jackson was 10-11, posting an ERA of 4.03 in 31 starts. He has averaged 32 starts per season since 2009, recording a 150-pitch no-hitter with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010. The Cubs would be the eighth team of his career.