Dan Haren might have the worst ERA in baseball, but Edwin Jackson has the second worst

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Yes, Dan Haren has been a disaster.  This is no longer a secret.  After 15 starts, he has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters, an embarrassing 6.15.

If only the Nationals hadn’t signed him as a free agent, all of our problems would be solved, right?

Not exactly.

The man Haren replaced has the second worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters, 5.75.

Edwin Jackson, last year’s token veteran one-year contract starter, has given up just as many earned runs as Haren, 56.  He has 10 losses on his first-half scoresheet.  Jackson hasn’t even come close to his performance last year when he gave the Nationals a respectable 4.03 ERA in 189.2 innings.

Haren and Jackson have both been disasters.  But there’s one difference between them: their contracts.

The Nationals gave Haren $13 for one season.  Yeah, he’s a waste of money this year, but next year they owe him nothing.  Jackson, on the other hand, was given $52 million for four years.

It’s important to make good free agent signings.  But it’s even more important to avoid terrible ones.  In the Haren/Jackson trade-off, Mike Rizzo gets half-credit.

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