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Edwin Jackson turned down three-year offer from Pirates

2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Edwin Jackson #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the fifth inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Last week when Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals there were several reports that he turned down multi-year offers elsewhere.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now has at least one of those offers pegged, reporting that Jackson said no to a three-year proposal from the Pirates believed to be worth around $30 million.

Barring a major injury or the worst season of his career Jackson should have little trouble securing at minimum another nice one-year deal as a free agent again next offseason, but turning down $30 million in guaranteed money for $11 million and the chance to potentially pitch yourself into a bigger deal on the open market is certainly a big risk.

Of course, when you’re 28 years old and the $11 million deal pushes your career earnings to nearly $30 million it’s probably a little easier to take that risk. And agent Scott Boras was no doubt willing to take his chances on Jackson landing a mega-deal next winter.