The market for free agent starter Edwin Jackson has narrowed to the Cubs and Rangers, reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden (Twitter link). The Padres dropped out of the running for Jackson since the team didn’t want to make a four-year commitment to the right-hander. The Angels, Twins, Blue Jays and Brewers have also been rumored to be interested in Jackson at various points this offseason.
Jackson represents a backup plan for both Chicago and Texas, as the two teams were recently outbid for other major free agent starters (Anibal Sanchez and Zack Greinke, respectively).
Bowden reports (on Twitter) that the Cubs are now the front-runner for Jackson. He says a four-year deal worth approximately $52MM is in the ballpark.
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