Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson has decided to change his agent and will be looking for a long-term deal this offseason, this according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Jackson is leaving Scott Boras who also represents Stephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth and will now join the Legacy Agency.
Jackson signed a one-year, 11 million deal with Washington in February after turning down several multi-year deals from other teams. He has thrived so far with a 3.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 18 starts as part of the best rotation in baseball. But with his seventh team in five seasons, Jackson is seeking a long-term home at the age of 28.
Jackson leaving Boras specifically is interesting in regards to the Nationals. For one, Boras generally advises his clients to test free agency instead of signing extensions with their clubs. Boras tends to have success getting deals for his players getting the terms and money they want, but Jackson wants to try something new.
Another notable angle is Boras' relationship with Mike Rizzo. The two have reached agreement on countless contracts in the past and it would seem having Boras on his side would make it more likely he returns with the Nationals. Whether Jackson even has intentions to return to Washington, however, is unclear.
Jackson is having a solid season and has proven his worth as a mainstay in the Nats' rotation. His return to D.C., however, would likely depend on how long exactly Jackson wants to sign. The Nationals have several pitching prospects that could be ready for the majors towards the end of next season or at the latest 2014. This is all to say Jackson would want to come back as he may be able to get a more lucrative deal elsewhere, especially if he plays a role in another deep playoff run as he did last season with St. Louis.