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.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.