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Edwin Jackson to DC, Casey Kotchman to Cleveland

After not finding a multi-year deal to his liking, free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed to a $10 million, one-year deal with the suddenly starter-rich Nationals.

In his 31 regular-season starts last year with the White Sox and world-champion Cardinals, Jackson put up 199 2/3 innings, had 6.67 and 2.79 K/9 and BB/9 ratios, and posted a 3.73 xFIP and 3.8 fWAR.

Meanwhile, the Indians signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a one-year contract estimated at $3 million plus incentives.

Kotchman had a solid 2011 with the Rays. In 146 games, Kotchman hit 10 home runs and posted a .351 wOBA and 2.8 fWAR.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.


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