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.