Edwin Jackson exercises opt-out clause on contract with Nationals

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Pitcher Edwin Jackson has decided to exercise the opt-out clause on his minor league contract with the Nationals, so he will become a free agent on Friday, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.

Jackson, 34, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 47/22 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings at Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals’ rotation has been both healthy and effective, owning the National League’s best rotation ERA at 2.81. Barring an unforeseen injury, there wasn’t going to be an obvious opportunity for Jackson in Washington. He will try to find an opportunity elsewhere with a clearer path to the majors.