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Edwin Jackson rumors: Cubs, Rangers vying for veteran starter

The Chicago Cubs are finalists to land free agent Edwin Jackson, but they are also competing against the Texas Rangers to land the right-handed starter.

Patrick McDermott

With Zack Greinke signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the market has been set for free agent starting pitchers this winter and that is great news for free agent Edwin Jackson, who has narrowed his potential destinations down to the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, via Jim Bowden of ESPN.

After signing a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals last offseason, Jackson could be line in for a four-year deal from the Cubs or Rangers this winter. His contract demands have knocked the San Diego Padres out as a potential suitor.

At 29 years of age, Jackson helped the Nationals make the postseason with his 4.03 ERA across 189 2/3 innings of work. Jackson's innings total in 2012 was his lowest since 2008 when he was with the Rays.

However, the right-handed showed an improved ability to get swings and misses from batters, posting a career high 8.0 K/9 with a 2.8 BB/9 in 2012.