Buster Olney just asked the same question that i’ve been wondering; why didn’t the Nats extend a Qualifying Offer to FA to be Edwin Jackson?
They paid him $11m in 2012; a qualifying offer for 2013 would have been $13.3M, a decent raise from the $11M Jackson made this year. But, in a weaker FA market for starters this off-season, Jackson seems almost certain to get a 3 or 4 year deal at or near his 2012 salary in AAV. He’s healthy, he’s dependable and he’s durable, even if he’s not a #1 or #2 starter.
Perhaps the team was worried that Jackson, having lived on year-to-year deals and seemingly comfortable gambling his long-term financial future by accepting these one-year deals (seemingly a product of his itinerant, military-family upbringing), would have just taken them up on the $13.3M offer (it representing a nice raise from 2012’s $11M) and suddenly the Nats would be “stuck” with a guy they didn’t want back. That’s the only way to read the lack of an Q.O. extension.
Otherwise the lack of the offer makes no sense; if you think Jackson is searching for a multi-year deal, and if it seems certain that he’ll find it in a weak market, then the Q.O. guarantees a supplemental first round pick for the team.