Gambling sports handicappers have had to track a multitude of trades as the end of July deadline approached and the White Sox were among the sports book gambling beneficiaries.
Chicago acquired Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg, who was hurling in the minor leagues.
Chicago general manager Ken Williams was still not done shopping and said that other changes could be coming. It was even rumored that Jackson could later be shipped to Washington in a potential deal for slugger Adam Dunn although Williams said that was a long shot.
Williams warned Jackson that his name would be a hot one in the rumor mill but that he preferred to see him take the hill this week in a start for the White Sox.
Jackson pitched a no-hitter for Arizona earlier this summer against the Tampa Bay Rays and had an overall baseball wagering record of 6-10 with a 5.16 earned run average. He was an all star last year for the Detroit Tigers and has had little support when taking the hill for the last place Diamondbacks.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Edwin,” said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. “We hate to lose him. At the same time, we’ve picked up an important part for our future and maybe it gives us some flexibility for the future to improve some things around here.”
The 26-year old Jackson would give the White Sox a veteran starter to complete their rotation for the stretch run. With the loss of Jake Peavy from the rotation Jackson becomes more valuable.
The White Sox have been leading the American League Central Division for the past month and have been a hot commodity with the baseball odds. This trade seems to make them the favorite to win the division or, at worst, contend for a wild card spot in the American League.
“The way we do business is not the way someone else does business,” said the GM. I’m not the guy to play games with and do a lot of back and forth with. We’ve always done business the same way. It’s straight between the eyes.”