Chicago made a trade with Arizona that brought them right-handed starter Edwin Jackson. The addition of Jackson could be important in offshore betting odds as the White Sox look to hold off the Twins.
Bookmaker odds list Chicago and Minnesota as almost neck and neck in the American League Central. The Twins made a trade to get closer Matt Capps from the Washington Nationals and Chicago did not sit still as they made a trade with Arizona for Jackson. The Diamondbacks got right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander David Holmberg from the White Sox in the deal.
The White Sox are hoping that they are getting the Edwin Jackson who threw a no-hitter this season and not the pitcher who is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA. What Jackson does give the White Sox is a pitcher who throws a lot of innings. He has thrown seven innings or more nine times this season. He made the All-Star team last year as a member of the Detroit Tigers.
Chicago could have a very strong starting rotation that impacts offshore betting baseball odds. They already have Jon Danks, Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia. They will now add Jackson to that mix. The White Sox really needed to add a starting pitcher since Jake Peavy is injured. Chicago may not be done making moves either as they attempt to improve their roster. Chicago has to fight off the Minnesota Twins in the division race and that will not be easy. Chicago is just outside the top 10 in both runs scored and in ERA and that might not be good enough to make the playoffs without some help.
Arizona is in full rebuilding mode so the trade of Jackson makes sense. They get Hudson and Holmberg. Hudson is considered a top pitching prospect that was taken by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Holmberg was Chicago's second-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Arizona may not be done moving players. They are looking at trading closer Chad Qualls and catcher Chris Snyder. The Diamondbacks are one of the worst teams in the league this season and they are trying to get top prospects for the future.