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Miami Marlins morning news: Marlins attempting to bolster their pitching

The Marlins have reportedly signed Edwin Jackson and are looking at Ivan Nova as a trade possibility. Plus links on arms in the system, Jose Fernandez and more.

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Marlins News

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.

Around the League

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been busy this offseason and remain active while having interest in free agent Howie Kendrick.

Former Marlin Henderson Alvarez's deal with the Oakland Athletics contains $1.6 million in bonuses.

The Boston Celtics are considering playing an outdoor game at Fenway Park.

When Hall of Fame voting results are released on Wednesday, will Ken Griffey Jr. become the first unanimous selection into Cooperstown.

At FishStripes

-Miami Marlins close to signing Edwin Jackson - Fish Stripes

Jackson would give the club pitching depth it is seeking.

-Miami Marlins have many pitching prospects destined for bullpen - Fish Stripes

The Marlins' pitching prospects almost all project as future bullpen arms, which is worrisome for the future starting rotation.

-Marlins, Yankees seeking starting pitching, likely making Andrew Miller trade unrealistic - Fish Stripes

Miami has expressed interest in adding a closer, but Andrew Miller might not be a realistic target.

-Miami Marlins' pitching prospects not Major League ready - Fish Stripes

The Marlins do have backup rotation options, but none are particularly attractive for the 2016 season.

-Five 2016 Miami Marlins New Year's resolutions - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have a lot of challenges for the 2016 season, so what should they look to accomplish this year?