The Miami Marlins look like they are going to be welcoming in a new pitcher to their pitching staff in the coming hours, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Marlins are very close to a deal with former Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs right-hander, Edwin Jackson.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) January 4, 2016
Jackson, 32, is owed $13 million by the Chicago Cubs next season in the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract, but he will only cost the league minimum for the Marlins, which will be subtracted from the current deal he has with the Cubs. Jackson has a career ERA of 4.58 and has lost 107 games in 262 career starts.
Although that Jackson’s contract with the Cubs will go down as a disappointment, he performed well coming out of the bullpen for the Cubs and the Braves last season. In 47 relief appearances, he threw 55.2 innings, while posting a 3.07 ERA with a strikeout rate of 6.5 K/9, a walk rate of 3.4 BB/9 and a 41.1 percent ground-ball rate. His average fastball velocity was the highest it has been in the past four seasons at 93.9 MPH. The Marlins are reportedly considering Jackson for their rotation, but a relief role is also a consideration.
Miami is certainly not done in the open market, even if they sign Jackson. The Marlins are still looking for help to bolster their rotation that consists of: Jose Fernandez, Jarred Cosart, Adam Conley, David Phelps, and Tom Koehler. There is certainly room for improvement, and if they decide to give Jackson a chance to revitalize himself in the starting role, that will surely help out their cause in South Beach.