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Miami Marlins close to signing Edwin Jackson

Jackson would give the club pitching depth it is seeking.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Marllins are close to signing veteran free agent starter Edwin Jackson to a major league contract, according to's Joe Frisaro.

Miami has been seeking starting pitching this winter but has been relatively quiet to this point. Jackson was among the starters the Marlins were known to have expressed interest in this off-season.

Jackson, 32, pitched to a 3.07 ERA and 3.82 FIP over 55.2 innings with the Cubs and Braves last season. Chicago and Atlanta exclusively used him as a reliever last year, but Jackson has starting experience with the Nationals and Tigers.

Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler and Jarred Cosart are all expected to be in the Marlins' 2016 rotation, and Jackson will likely join that group. Miami could opt to have Justin Nicolino, Jose Urena, Kendry Flores and Adam Conley compete for the final spot in the rotation, but Frisaro notes the Marlins are expected to add more pitching depth in the coming days.