In a twist in their efforts to strengthen themselves for a run at the AL Central title, the White Sox are expressing interest in Arizona starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Previously, Jackson and Chicago have only been linked as part of a three-team deal that would ultimately see Jackson headed to Washington. The White Sox have long been rumored to be in the hunt for Washington slugger Adam Dunn, but have balked at the Nationals’ reported asking price of either starting middle infielder Gordon Beckham or both starting pitcher Daniel Hudson and infielder Dayan Viciendo. With those talks stalling, Chicago is turning its interest toward Jackson, a pitcher Washington covets.
But it appears Chicago is now interested in adding Jackson to the rotation. Chicago’s offense has improved after a poor start to the season and the White Sox are in need of a starting pitcher after losing Jake Peavy to a season-ending injury.
Hudson, who is replacing Peavy in the rotation, could be a part of the potential deal for Jackson. Jackson threw a no-hitter on June 25, but has been overall disappointing in his first season with the Diamondbacks, going 6-10 with a 5.15 ERA. The White Sox hope a return to the AL Central would rejuvenate Jackson, who was 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA with division rival Detroit last year.