There are many MLB players who have signed big free agent contracts and got the pink slip. Pablo Sandoval just got booted by the Red Sox, and he is one of the most notable in recent years. Some call it addition by subtraction and getting paid to go away. Edwin Jackson was released by the Cubs on July 27th of 2015 and his journey back to the Washington Nationals could be kismet if Jackson can continue to win games for his Nationals’ team.
Today Edwin Jackson faces the Cubs and their manager, Joe Maddon, who is the manager who wanted him gone. It probably wasn’t anything personal, rather based on performance as the Cubs were looking to upgrade at the time.
The irony is that the Cubs are starting right-handed John Lackey today, and his ERA is 4.87 which is his second worst season of his career, and his ERA is much higher than the 3.19 ERA that Jackson had when he was released by these Cubs. Not exactly apples to apples, Jackson was a reliever in 2015. The nearly 39-year-old Lackey is in the last year of his contract with the Cubs and part of their World Series winning team from last year.
The Nationals won an exciting game last night and were able to rest five of their eight relievers although Oliver Perez did warm-up last night and was not used. All relievers should be available for today’s game.
The Nationals officially placed Gio Gonzalez on the paternity list and recalled Erick Fedde from Triple-A Syracuse. One other personnel move was the Triple-A Chiefs moved reliever Trevor Gott to the DL after we were told my sources that he was diagnosed with a sports hernia. He had double hernia surgery yesterday performed by Dr. Meyers in Philadelphia. Next week Gott will travel to the team facility in West Palm Beach to begin rehabbing.
Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs
Stadium: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
1st Pitch: 2:20 pm EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (out-of-market), ABC7 (Chicago), MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® (Internet 869)
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):