Marlins reach one-year deal with righty Jackson

January 4th, 2016

MIAMI -- The Marlins have finalized a one-year contract with Edwin Jackson, the 32-year-old right-hander who could fill a role either as a back-of-the-rotation starter or as a long reliever.

A 13-year veteran, Jackson split time with the Cubs and Braves in 2015, combining to make 47 relief appearances. The Marlins announced the deal on Wednesday.

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Jackson is owed $13 million by the Cubs in 2016 as part of the four-year, $52 million deal he initially signed with Chicago, which released him last season. Miami is expected to pay Jackson the MLB minimum, which hasn't yet been set.

Jackson provides a veteran presence who adds depth to the rotation or bullpen. He broke in with the Dodgers in 2003, and he's also pitched for the Rays, Tigers, D-backs, White Sox, Cardinals and Nationals.

In 2011, Jackson was traded from the D-backs to the Blue Jays on July 27, but on the same day, he also was dealt to St. Louis, where he ended up being part of a World Series winner.

The right-hander was an American League All-Star in 2009 with the Tigers. In 2010, while with the D-backs, he no-hit the Rays in unconventional fashion, walking eight while striking out six.

Jackson has a career record of 88-107 with a 4.58 ERA.