One of the most well-travelled players of the past decade and half, Edwin Jackson will be returning to the same organization he was with the previous year for just the first time since the 2013/2014 seasons with the Cubs.
Earlier Thursday, it was reported that Jackson signed a minor-league deal to return to the Washington Nationals organization.
Congratulations to great guy Edwin Jackson, who signs a minor-league deal back with the #Nats that will pay him $1.5 million, according to his ESQ Agency, courtesy of @mlbtraderumors. He'll compete for the 5th starter's job at the moment.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 11, 2018
He will be competing for the fifth spot in the Nationals rotation. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Tanner Roark occupy the first four slots.
Jackson struggled mightily for the Beltway teams last year - pitching to a combined 5.21 ERA for the Nationals and Orioles. However, he has thrown a no-hitter before, so he clearly has potential.
It sure would make for an inspiring comeback story if he makes the Nationals rotation and somehow becomes one of their more consistent pitchers next year.
The Nationals have re-signed Edwin Jackson, per @ESQAgency. He'll get $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster and can make another $1.4 million in incentives.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) January 11, 2018
This is a smart, cost-efficient move by the Nationals. If Jackson works out, they have a good pitcher for cheap, if not, it is as well as they don't have to lose too much.
At worse, this move creates more depth for the Nationals while Joe Ross recovers from Tommy John surgery.