Bad news for any free agent: The moment the MLB rumor mill decides you're too expensive for the New York Yankees. Edwin Jackson is the latest Scott Boras client to reach that free-agency mid-life crisis point, thanks to his alleged five year, $75 million demand. Jackson is remarkably young for a free agent starter—28—but he's also just a little better than average over the last two years; that 13-9, 3.62 ERA season in 2009 is looking more like the outlier than a possible level of performance for Jackson going forward.
Better-than-average starting pitching from a guy who's young and has gone 30 starts for each of the last five seasons is worth a fair amount of money, but no pitcher can be easily expected to perform at his current level for five years, and with players like Roy Oswalt seeking one-year deals it's hard to expect teams to pay for an Edwin Jackson season five years in advance.
Prince Fielder's gotten most of the press as a Scott Boras player left in the lurch here in January, but Edwin Jackson's found himself just as lonely.