edwin jackson cubs press conferenceYesterday, the Chicago Cubs officially announced the signing of free agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, and introduced him to the media. Among the notable quotes/thoughts/reactions/etc.(which you can find here, here, here, and here, among other places) …

First, from Jackson, himself:

  • On why he’s been on so many teams in his young career: “I think everyone likes me.” He dropped that one with a smile, and it’s the moment I started liking him, too.
  • No, but seriously, on why he’s been on so many teams: “The only thing I take from it is that as long as people are going out and trying to get me on their team, it says a lot. Most of the times I’ve been traded, it’s to a playoff contending team. I never looked at it as a negative. As long as someone wants me and they want me on their team and around their players and in their clubhouse, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t have to worry about the bad rap on my name.”
  • On what it’s like to sign a four-year deal: “It definitely feels great. I think the most assuring part is that you have the chance to relax and know that you’re going to be somewhere for a while and you don’t have to feel like you have to prove yourself every year. I think it’s definitely going to help to just go out and have fun and not have to worry about anything else.” That, of course, can cut both ways (some guys respond to the pressure of having to “prove it” every year), but hopefully Jackson will settle in and become the best version of himself that he can be.
  • On what he expects from the Cubs in 2013: “It’s an organization that has upside. It’s a matter of the right pieces and being on the same page. It’s a team that can win a lot of games, no mater what other people say.” I’m glad he’s positive, but I suppose that’s about what you’d expect him to say. I wouldn’t be surprised if he knows that his addition has as much to do with 2014 as it does with 2013.
  • Jackson will be getting married on Saturday, as well. Heck of a good week.

And from Cubs GM Jed Hoyer:

  • On signing Jackson, specifically, and on signing someone like Jackson right now: “He pitched all of last year at 28 years old, he’s been incredibly durable, had some really excellent seasons during his time in the big leagues, and we actually think his best days are ahead of him. He fits very well on the team in 2013, but we think he fits even better going forward as a core member of what we’re trying to build here in Chicago. His talent, his age, and everything we learned about him as a teammate were all reasons we were excited to add him to the roster, and we’re excited to go forward with Edwin as a big part of our club.”
  • On the financial side of Jackson’s many previous stops: “I think a lot of his recent stops were due to the fact that you couldn’t sign him to an extension and teams were willing to take what they could get in trade rather than lose him for nothing.” The implication there is that Jackson, who was represented by Scott Boras at the time, was not willing to sign a long-term extension before testing free agency, and was thus traded by teams who feared losing him for nothing. Makes sense to me, and doesn’t really reflect badly on Jackson.
  • On the clubhouse side of Jackson’s many previous stops: “We did all the digging we could do. The reasons for him moving around certainly weren’t [because] he wasn’t a good teammate or didn’t work hard. It was kind of more contractual.” I’ve been told that Jackson is an excellent teammate, so I didn’t really have concerns in that regard. Good to know the Cubs did their diligence, just in case, though.
  • Speaking of which, on what Hoyer’s heard about Jackson on the bench: “No one’s quite Matt Garza on the bench, but I guess he does a close imitation.” Garza, in case you’d forgotten, is probably the most involved non-playing player I’ve ever seen – he’s always at the top of the rail, deeply into the game, cheering on his teammates, shouting about the game. It’s awesome.

The Tribune has a little video package for those who missed the press conference:

And some additional video from CSN Chicago (includes both a Jackson video and a Hoyer video, if you click forward):

  • Timmy

    It was definitely a good signing, though not a team-changing signing. So let’s get a few more!

  • Cubbie Blues

    [quote]Jackson will be getting married on Saturday, as well. Heck of a good week.[/quote]
    So, I assume this contract falls on his side of the prenuptial?

    • terencemann

      LOL, yep.

    • Cubbie Blues

      By the way Brett, did we lose the minimal tools again?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Damn. Apparently. They still showed for me for a while (Mac, Chrome), but now they’re gone again. I’ll try to dig into it this weekend. You can bug me next week if you don’t see it fixed (which would mean it slipped off my radar).

  • Patrick G

    Looks good I’m that uniform

    • Seth

      You are a uniform? :)

    • Cub Fan Dan

      Can I be that uniform that Kim DeJesus wears? :)

  • abe

    I love what Garza does on the bench. I wanna keep him just for that.

  • Toby

    I live in the SF bay area, and I watch a lot of Giant games, who you may have noticed have won big 2 of the last 3 years.Nearly all their players are on the rail of their dugout most of the time, cheering and being as involved in the game than any other team that I’ve seen. I’ve always felt this increases their focus in the game at hand and prepares them for their next AB or when they enter the game. The Cubs need more of this, so I’m happy EJ is like Garza in that regard.

  • mudge

    The Apple Store is having a two-for-one special on apps tomorrow. It’s App Nerd Double Day.

    • wilbur

      Like it …

  • TheRiot2

    Comparing Garza and EJax as team guys is comforting. As pitchers I’ve always rated EJax and now Garza as pitchers,they are IMO equals as well. However Bosio and Sveum lineup their rotation it’s A-Okay with me. Our rotation will not be the disaster that it was after last seasons sell off. Next we need an outfield with more hitting than likely supplied by DeJesus and Schierholtz.

  • Rizzo44

    Haha that was funny when he couldn’t get the second button on on his jersey….

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      Yeah, that would be the guy that has the hand/eye coordination to throw a 98 mph fastball with pinpoint accuracy.