According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Marlins and free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson have agreed to terms on a contract. Jackson has to pass a physical before the deal becomes official. Terms of the contract have not been released.
Joe Frisaro reported Monday that Jackson and the Marlins were closing in on a deal and that it would be a Major League contract. Jackson will complete for a spot in the Marlins’ rotation in Spring Training. Jackson could fill a role on the Marlins as a back-of-the-rotation starter or as a long reliever.
The Cubs owe Jackson $11 million on the final year of the four-year, $52 million contract he signed in January 2013. Jackson signing a Major League contract with the Marlins for the minimum would save the Cubs $507,500 that could be allocated in other areas.
Jackson spent a majority of last season with the Cubs pitching out of Joe Maddon’s bullpen. The Cubs designated Jackson for assignment on July 20 and released him on July 27. Jackson signed with the Braves on Aug. 14. Jackson became a free agent on Nov. 2 when the Braves decided to move on.
Edwin Jackson was 2-1 in 23 games for the Cubs last season with a 3.19 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Jackson allowed 14 runs, 11 earned, on 30 hits with 12 walks and 23 strikeouts in 31 innings. Jackson was 2-2 in 24 appearances for the Braves with a 2.92 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.
In his first full season pitching as a reliever, Jackson was a combined 4-3 in 47 games for the Cubs and Braves with a 3.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Jackson allowed 25 runs, 19 earned, on 44 hits with 21 walks and 40 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings.
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