Why The Angels Need Edwin Jackson

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Updated: March 19, 2017

At first glance you would think the Angels pitching staff is fine, and signing veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson would be unneeded. There’s a method to this madness, and Jackson could actually provide help to the Angels staff.

Jackson most recently pitched with the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres in 2016. He finished the season with a 5.89 ERA in 21 games (13 starts) and was eventually released by San Diego.

The 14 year veteran could offer something that almost none of the Angels starters have and that’s reliability. Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, and Matt Shoemaker are all coming off injury plagued 2016 seasons. Ricky Nolasco is the only Halos starter that can be counted on for 30 or more starts in 2017.

Jackson has a career 4.65 ERA, but has pitched in over 350 career games in the Major Leagues. He pitched well out of the bullpen in 2015, and could be a good swingman for the Angels.

The Halos cannot expect Richards, Skaggs, and Shoemaker to all pitch 200 innings this season. It’s not going to happen, and the Angels are going to need help from their bullpen.

The Angels bullpen is relatively inexperienced until you get into the late innings pitchers. Jackson could be a stopgap from the starter to the late inning reliever. He’s a veteran pitcher that is reliable and can give you multiple innings out of the bullpen.

At this point Jackson is just looking for another chance in the big leagues. He could fill-in if someone goes down in the rotation, and could play an important role in the bullpen. It may seem crazy, but the Angels need Edwin Jackson.

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