Athletics sign Edwin Jackson to minor league deal

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The Nashville Sounds, the Triple-A affiliate of the Athletics, announced on Wednesday that Edwin Jackson signed a minor league contract and will report to Nashville.

Jackson, 34, had been on a minor league contract with the Nationals but exercised his opt-out clause and was released last Friday. In 10 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, Jackson posted a 3.40 ERA with a 47/22 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings.

The Athletics are a bit short on starting pitching due to injuries, so Jackson provides much-needed depth. His road to the majors is a lot clearer with the A’s than with the Nationals. Should Jackson pitch in the majors for the A’s, he will do so for his 13th team, tying Octavio Dotel for the all-time record.