The Marlins have agreed to sign free-agent right-hander Edwin Jackson to a major-league deal, as first reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The deal is likely a 1-year deal for the major-league minimum salary, as Jackson is owed $13 million from the Cubs next season.
Jackson, 32, represents a low-cost addition for the Marlins, who were known to be also be looking at free-agent starters Doug Fister and Cliff Lee. Jackson will provide depth behind Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler, Jarred Cosart, Adam Conley and Justin Nicolino in a Marlins' rotation that may see more changes before Opening Day while also serving as a potential bullpen option.
Jackson split last season between the Cubs and Braves, posting a 3.07 ERA in 47 relief appearances. He has been a starter throughout his 13-year major-league career with the Dodgers (2003-05), Rays (2006-08), Tigers (2009), Diamondbacks (2010), White Sox (2010-11), Cardinals (2011), Nationals (2012), Cubs (2013-15) and Braves (2015), posting a career 4.58 ERA and being named to the 2009 AL All-Star team.