The Marlins most pressing need this offseason was to strengthen their starting rotation, but they have stayed relatively quiet on that front. Yesterday the club finally made their first move in an effort to bolster their pitching by agreeing to a major league contract with Edwin Jackson. Jackson worked out of the bullpen last year, but could compete for a depth spot in the starting rotation.
Signing Edwin Jackson is not expected to be the end of the Marlins' attempts to bolster their pitching. The club was also connected to trade rumors surrounding Ivan Nova.
The major storyline surrounding the Marlins this offseason has been whether or not the club will deal Jose Fernandez. It was never reported that the Marlins were close to dealing him, and his agent reaffirmed that it is unlikely that the young ace will be dealt.
Before he was traded to the New York Yankees, the Marlins made a push to acquire Aroldis Chapman via trade.
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