According to multiple reports, the Cubs have designated RHP Edwin Jackson for assignment to make room on the 40-man and active roster for RHP Rafael Soriano. Soriano will join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Monday.
Edwin Jackson appeared in 23 games for the Cubs this season, all in relief. Jackson was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 2.84 FIP. Jackson pitched mainly in mop-up duty.
Jackson struggled from day one with the Cubs and was 8-18 in 31 starts in 2013 with a 4.98 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. Chris Bosio tried to pinpoint the issues Jackson was having that off-season and thought he had turned things around early in Spring Training a year ago. Jackson was not the same after a fastball only outing and eventually lost his starting job last season.
Edwin Jackson reported to Spring Training this year ready to compete for a starting job. After reporting to the wrong park on the day he was scheduled to start, Jackson was moved to the bullpen where he spent this season.
In three years with the Cubs, Edwin Jackson posted a 16-34 record in 82 games, 58 starts, with a 5.37 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 3.97 FIP.
The Cubs signed Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million contract in January of 2013. Jackson is owed around $5 million for the remainder of this season and $11 million in 2016, the final year of the contract.
RHP Rafael Soriano has pitched in seven games in the Cubs’ system (five for Double-A Tennessee, two for Triple-A Iowa) and he has allowed one unearned run on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).