Yesterday, the Miami Marlins signed former all-star pitcher Edwin Jackson for a one-year contract at about half a million dollars. Miami was looking for some low risk pitching depth for their thin pitching staff, and Jacksons’ versatility and experience could help the lackluster Marlins. Jackson comes at batters with a 93-mph fastball and an 87-mph slider, his two most effective pitches. He also mixes in a curveball, changeup, and two-seamer every once in a while. In 2015, his most effective pitch was his slider (.191 AVG.), and was also very strong against lefties (.169 AVG.).
Edwin Jackson, 32 years old, will play in his 14th season in the MLB in 2016. After being drafted in the sixth round of the amateur draft in 2001, Edwin played his first game in the majors at a stupendously young age of 19, in 2003. He fully broke out into the league in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, in which he recorded 161 innings pitched. In 2009, Edwin Jackson had a career year and made his first and only all-star appearance with the Tigers. Since 2009, Jackson was a consistent middle of the rotation asset, (and even won a world series in 2011 with the Cardinals) just until he signed with the Cubs prior to the 2012 season. In this contract he received an average $12 million annual salary for three years, before being dismissed of that contract before the end 2015 season. During his stint with the Cubs, he had horrible numbers, and in 2014 he owned a 6.33 ERA, which was the poorest season of his career. He also lost his job as a starter; although in 2015, Jackson put up great numbers as a reliever, pitching to a 3.07 ERA where he split his time with the Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.
The Marlins rotation consists of locks Jose Fernandez, Jarred Cosart, and Tom Koehler, although the fourth and fifth spot of the rotation is very much up for grabs. Going into 2015, we are looking at a huge positional battle between Jackson, Phelps, Hand, Conley, Nicolino, Flores, and Urena for those final two spots in the rotation. If Jackson loses this battle for a role as a starter he’ll be a lock for the bullpen. He will also be payed a very small amount so there is very little risk in this deal. Jackson will be a great addition to a team lacking pitching depth, and veteran presence in their pitching staff.