Jackson, who turns 30 this coming summer, will test the free-agent market. He is set to make $7 million this season.
The minimum teams can spend on payroll is also rising, going up from $48 million to $54.2 million. The Blues had a total payroll of $49.5 million last season.
It’s finally baseball time. Kevin Wheeler gives his final preview thoughts before the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals season begins on Wednesday in Miami against the Marlins. He also talks some Rams football with Jim Thomas.