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Edwin Jackson Heads to Chicago White Sox.

Byline: Joe Tetreault

But Will It Just Be a Quick Layover?

According to a pair of tweets from Sports Illustrated's (http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/statuses/19924301387) Jon Heyman (http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/statuses/19924338380), the White Sox have acquired Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Dan Hudson and David Holmberg. Speculation is rampant that Jackson will be flipped as part of a second deal that will net them Adam Dunn from the Nationals. The second deal has not been confirmed.

Jackson is onto his fourth team since 2008. In his only season with the Diamondbacks, Jackson owns what is likely the highlight of the Diamondbacks season - an ill-advised 149 pitch 1-0 no-hitter against the Rays on June 25th. Since then he's given up a .330/.412/.496 batting line to opposing batters in five starts which has generated a 7.24 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. On the season he's given up nearly a baserunner and a half per inning and leads the NL in earned runs allowed and wild pitches. His best success came last season in Detroit. If he is moved to the Nationals, a return to a pitcher-friendly park will certainly help.

Hudson recently returned to the big leagues for the White Sox replacing the injured Jake Peavy in the rotation. Hudson was regarded highly among prospect watchers, consistently in the top three among White Sox minor leaguers. His brief major league experience consists of a call up last September and his three starts this year. In that time, he's been wild, allowing 5.2 BB/9 IP but with good hit, strikeout and home run rates. If he can command his pitches better, he could be a solid number two starter in Arizona.

Holmberg just turned 19 and in his second season of professional ball. In eight starts he's compiled a 1-1 record and a 4.46 ERA. His peripherals are middling at best, but he's a young lefty who may blossom as he continues to grow and develop.

The trading deadline is less than 24 hours from now, with deals coming in waves. As alluded to above, Chicago and Washington remain in discussions surrounding Jackson and Dunn. As details break, we'll keep you up to date.

Joe Tetreault is Managing Editor of the Business of Sports Network (http://www.businessofsportsnetwork.com/), which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He can be contacted here through The Biz of Baseball (http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=9%3Ajoe-tetreault&catid=12%3Acontacts&Itemid=133)

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Date:Jul 30, 2010
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