The Atlanta Braves have been anything but shy when it comes to taking on "project" pitchers with Major League experience, and the organization pulled the trigger on another interesting arm on Friday with the addition of right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Braves sign free-agent RHP Edwin Jackson (@EJ36) to Major League contract for the remainder of the 2015 season. Jackson will wear number 34— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 14, 2015
Jackson, who is now 31 years old, made 23 appearances (31 innings) for the Chicago Cubs before being released in July, and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Jackson is expected to join Atlanta's bullpen. The right-hander has been utilized primarily as a starter in his Major League career, but Jackson's career 4.61 ERA is uninspiring, and he enjoyed some reasonable success (3.19 ERA, 2.88 FIP) in Chicago's bullpen this season.
Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been something of a miracle worker in the past, and given his relationship with Jackson from a previous stop with the Dodgers, it will be interesting to see what transpires.