Jackson wants to stay with Nats beyond 2012

Jackson wants to stay with Nats beyond 2012

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson said recently he would like to stay with the Nationals, and would like more than the one-year deal he signed with team in February. He had a chance to sign a multi-year deal with the Pirates last offseason, but turned it down. Jackson felt the Nationals were a better option for him.

"Anything more than one year," said Jackson about the years he would like on his contract. "I'm not sure. If the team feels they do want to keep me, we'll go from there. As far as the amount of years, it would be nice to settle down for more than one year, for sure."

Jackson has been a solid starter for Washington, going 7-9 with a respectable 3.79 ERA in 23 starts. On Saturday, Jackson pitched seven innings and struck out a season-high 11 batters in a 2-0 loss to the Mets.

"I would like to [stay]," Jackson said. "I could see myself being a part of [the Nationals], but at the end of the day, it's up to ownership. But right now, I'm concerned about finishing up this year strong and hopefully helping us to a championship.

"It's hard not to have fun with the team that we have. Winning and fun -- they kind of correlate. They go together. When you are winning, you are having fun. When we are having fun, we are winning. That's what we have been doing. It's a great team. Everyone gets along. It's been great team [chemistry]."