The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson, who will be joining the 40-man roster.
The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson, according to Eduardo A. Encina. Jackson will be joining the team’s 40-man roster now that Paul Fry has been released.
Initially, Jackson’s minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles included a June 1st opt-out clause, however he and the team agreed to push that back until Monday.
Once Jackson triggered his opt-out clause, the Orioles had only 48 hours to either release him, or add him to the Major League roster and the team chose the latter.
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In 20.1 innings with the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides, Jackson has thrown a 3.10 ERA with a 7.52 K/9 and a 1.48 WHIP. Jackson had only started one game for the Tides, acting primarily as a reliever.
Jackson has been in the league for quite a long time, in fact joining the Orioles will put the 33-year-old one team shy of the major league record for most teams played for.
The Baltimore Orioles are Jackson’s 12th team (he’s also played for the Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, D-backs, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins and Padres), the record is held by Octavio Dotel, who played for 13 teams.
The last time Jackson was in the majors was in 2016 when he pitched for the Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres. He started 13 games, pitched 84 innings, and had a 5.89 ERA with a 6.54 K/9 and a 1.58 WHIP.
The Baltimore Orioles certainly have some space in their starting rotation, which has been rough to say the least, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see Jackson get a few starts for the team and even secure a spot in the rotation is he pitches well enough.
It’s also possible that Jackson just works as a middle-to-long reliever out of the bullpen and occasionally spot starts as the team needs him.