White Sox Acquire Edwin Jackson

Friday, July 30, 2010


            CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hander Daniel Hudson and lefty David Holmberg.

Jackson, 26, is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA (77 ER/134.1 IP) and 104 strikeouts in 21 starts this season, his first with Arizona.  The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder threw the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history on June 25 at Tampa Bay, walking six batters and striking out eight.  Jackson has thrown 7.0 IP or more nine times this season and struck out a career-high 12 batters on May 17 at Florida.

Jackson was acquired by Arizona from Detroit as part of a three-team trade on December 9, 2009.  He is 44-49 with a 4.74 ERA (424 ER/804.1 IP) and 576 strikeouts in 160 career games (131 starts) with the Dodgers (2003-05), Tampa Bay (2006-08), Detroit (2009) and Arizona. 

His best season came in 2009 with the Tigers when he went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA (86 ER/214.0 IP) and 161 strikeouts in 33 starts and was named to the American League All-Star Team.  Jackson won a career-high 14 games with the Rays in 2008.

Hudson, 23, went 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA (11 ER/15.2 IP) in three starts with the White Sox in 2010.  He began the season with Class AAA Charlotte, going 11-4 with a 3.47 ERA (36 ER/93.1 IP) and 108 strikeouts in 17 starts before his promotion on July 11.

Hudson, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 Prospect in the White Sox organization, is 30-13 with a 2.90 ERA (100 ER/310.1 IP) and 362 strikeouts in 57 minor-league starts since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Holmberg, 19, was 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA (20 ER/40.1 IP) in eight starts with Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2010.  The 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-hander went 2-2 with a 4.72 ERA (21 ER/40.0 IP) in 14 games (seven starts) with Rookie Bristol in his first professional season in 2009.  Holmberg was selected in the second round of the 2009 draft.



While I hope Jackson performs well for us down the stretch, I can’t help but think about the “no-hitter” juju with this club. Buehrle’s perfecto and no-no were merely highlights in subpar seasons. I hope Jackson leaves that juju in Arizona.

So, does this mean that someone else is starting in Hudson’s place tonight? Either way, lets get revenge on the A’s for last weekend. Go White Sox!

The Score and Joe Cowley are reporting that this just may be the first step – that now we may trade Jackson to the Nats for Dunn. Not sure how I feel about that. What do we do for a 5th starter then?

This trade is a bit of a head-scratcher for me, but I hope Kenny knows best. I agree with Marie that we need a 5th starter more than another bat.

Well, I dunno, I am kind of hoping they don’t go after Dunn or Fielder. Far as Jackson, that’s a toss up. I got faith that Coop can work some magic with this kid, but he won’t have much time and Jackson’s numbers weren’t looking all that great. All in all, it would have been a crapshoot either way, keep Hudson or get Jackson. I think this may work out though, Coop is the man…..

And so is Omar Vizquel evidently!

Not too sure about the trade. Twenty-five year old Lucas Harrell will make his major league debut tonight. Yikes!! Good luck to him and the Sox tonight!!

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