The Braves have signed Columbus, GA native RHP Edwin Jackson. Jackson was released by the Cubs earlier this month (during the Braves series) after a long, rough stretch in Chicago. This will be his 9th team in 13 ML seasons. After signing a 4 year, $52 million dollar deal in Chicago in 2013, Jackson did not live up to the hype. He was always a mediocre pitcher, and for some reason was given big money by the Cubs. Coming off of a 10-11 season with a 4.03 ERA, Jackson imploded. He LED THE MAJORS in losses in 2013 with 18, broke the record for most wild pitches in an inning with 5, and posted a 4.98 ERA. 2014 was somehow worse. He had a 6.33 ERA. 2015 was promising for Edwin in the bullpen; a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings wasn’t terrific, but for a contender like the Cubs he was dead weight.
Mark Bowman tweeted today;
Jackson has a connection with Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell that dates back to when they were in the Dodgers org. together.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 14, 2015
Here’s why I like this move; we signed him for dirt. This is obviously Jackson’s last stand. The pressure may cause this lump of coal to turn into diamond, but if he doesn’t play well, he’ll be gone before Braves fans begin to even recognize him. Ryan Kelly was optioned to AAA retroactive to this move. Jackson will wear #34.
Let us know what you think about the move, Braves fans.