The Tigers have made Jackson available on the trade market as part of an effort to alleviate their payroll crunch, multiple major league sources told FOXSports.com.
Jackson, who isn't eligible for free agency until after 2011, struggled down the stretch but ended up posting a respectable 3.62 ERA.
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Jackson would make sense for a pitching-hungry team like the Dodgers, who originally drafted the pitcher in 2001. After posting a 5.07 ERA in the second half of the season, his trade value is at a reasonable level.
Today has been a day of hypothetical trade proposals, so I have another one for you guys to chew on: What if the Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Mets for Luis Castillo, and then the Mets sent to Edwin Jackson to the Cubs for Milton Bradley.
Castillo, who hit .302 with a .387 on-base percentage, would take the place Placido Polanco and give the Tigers a solid lead off hitter for the 2010 season. He has two years and 12 million dollars remaining on his salary, which the Mets and Tigers could split.
The Cubs would have to assume a major chunk of Bradley's 21 million dollars left on his deal, probably around 12-14 million dollars. This has probably been the toughest hurdle for the Cubs in trying to move the disgruntled outfielder, who didn't do much at the plate in 2009 to justify his off-field antics.