Nats sign Jackson, shopping Lannan
The deal with Jackson, expected to be for one year in the $10 million range, is contingent on Jackson passing a physical.
Jackson, 28, is represented by Scott Boras, with whom the Nationals have worked well in the past. The Nats previously tried to acquire Jackson in trades, most notably at the 2010 non-waiver deadline.
Lannan, 27, lost his arbitration case with the Nationals but became the team’s highest-paid pitcher for 2012 on Thursday, receiving $5 million. He had asked for $5.7 million after earning $2.75 million last season.
If the Nationals traded Lannan, who went 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA last season, they still would have one left-hander in their rotation, Gonzalez, and possibly a second, Ross Detwiler.
Jackson, who has averaged nearly 208 innings and produced a 3.96 ERA over the past three seasons, would combine with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann to give the Nats three power right-handers. Chien-Ming Wang is another right-handed candidate for the team’s rotation.
Jackson has received multiple three-year offers, sources say, but by accepting a one-year deal he could go back on the market next offseason.
Signing with a team in the more pitcher-friendly National League would give him a better chance to enhance his value than if he went to an AL club such as the Boston Red Sox.