Perhaps that will change soon. Jon Heyman reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner met with Jackson’s agent Scott Boras in Phoenix, where owners are having meetings this week:
Yankees people seem to like Jackson but want to keep deals short because one of their greatest goals is to somehow get their payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. That isn’t going to be easy for a team that’s had a payroll in the $200-million range for years and is committed to $125 million for 10 players in ’14, but the reward is that their tax would go from 50 percent on dollars above the cap to a much more manageable 17 percent.
Heyman says the Orioles and Blue Jays are also interested in Jackson, who is just 28, and hasn’t been injured since becoming a regular rotation starter in 2007. He might be of particular use for all of the teams mentioned:
Jackson is a hard thrower who’s had success pitching against the other A.L. East teams (he’s 7-1 with a 3.10 ERA vs. the other four AL East teams over the past three years).
As always, we await further developments.