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The Nationals sign Edwin Jackson

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The Washington Nationals have signed Edwin Jackson to a minor league contract. He’s been assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Jackson was released by the Orioles earlier this week after allowing seven runs — four earned — over five innings in three bullpen appearances out of the Baltimore bullpen.

Why, in light of that, would the Nats take a chance on him? Depth is depth, I suppose. And there’s also the fact that he’s was at least moderately effective at Triple-A for the O’s earlier this year, posting a 3.10 ERA in 12 appearances. He spent last season with the Marlins and Padres, finishing with an ugly 5.89 ERA with a 61/41 K/BB ratio in 84 innings. He was effective in 2015. I suppose if you have something of a track record you get second, third and fourth chances.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.