When the Cubs signed pitcher Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million contract in 2013, general manager Jed Hoyer said: “We needed to really address our depth. We’ve worked hard it. We’ll find out over the course of six months whether we were right or wrong about it.”
Turns out the Cubs were wrong. Very wrong. Jackson proved to be a bust, going 8-18 in that 2013 season, then going 6-15 the next season. The Cubs eventually released Jackson midway through the 2015 season.
He has bounced around considerably since then — and before — recently appearing with the Baltimore Orioles, only to be released days later earlier this month.
And now he’s back again, signing a minor-league deal with Dusty Baker’s Washington Nationals on Friday.
The right-hander is 33 and has a career 93-114 record and 4.65 ERA during 15 seasons with 12 teams, including stints with the White Sox in 2010 and 2011.