The Marlins, seeking pitching help, are closing in on a deal with veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson, according to a source.
Jackson is 88-107 with a 4.58 earned-run average in 13 seasons. After signing a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs before the 2013 season, Jackson went just 8-18 and 6-15 as a starter the first two seasons, then was relegated to the bullpen last season before being released on July 27.
He signed with the Braves and finished 4-3 overall with a 3.07 ERA in 47 appearances, all in relief. He's still owed $13 million by the Cubs next season, and his Marlins contract would be a low-money deal.
The Marlins will continue looking for starting pitching beyond Jackson, who is expected to compete with David Phelps, Justin Nicolino, Jose Urena, Adam Conley and potentially others for two rotation spots behind Jose Fernandez, Jarred Cosart and Tom Koehler.