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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: MARLINS STAY BUSY SIGNING EDWIN JACKSON AND CHRIS JOHNSON

Just 24 hours after reeling in free agent SP Wei-Yin Chen, the Miami Marlins continued to retool their rosters as they also added third baseman Chris Johnson and pitcher Edwin Jackson Wednesday. While both guys are pretty much non-stories in mixed league fantasy baseball, we will discuss regardless as we leave no stone unturned.

Edwin Jackson:  The label journeyman clearly applied to veteran pitcher Jackson who has made his home on a slew of major league teams.  A former top pitching prospect with the Dodgers, Jackson never panned out in terms of his good fastball being complemented enough with secondary pitches.  As a result, Jackson has moved between SP 4 and 5 status throughout his career.  In fantasy baseball terms, Jackson was a guy who became just another name who was more aggravation then he was worth due to habitually ugly WHIP's and elevated ERA's.  As he starts to enter into the late stages of his career, Jackson has found new life in the bullpen where he put up a tidy 3.07 ERA last season with the Cubs.  Jackson will likely be in the bullpen for the Marlins where he will set up for closer A.J. Ramos.  As a result Jackson has little to no value in anything but deep NL-only formats that use holds. 
Chris Johnson:  The Atlanta Braves had grown so sick of the awful hitting of third baseman Chris Johnson that they cut him loose and at his salary midway through the 2015 season.  After previously being a guy who was a decent contact hitter who could post a useful average and not much else, Johnson hit just .255 last season with a grand total of 3 home runs and 18 RBI.  The Marlins are taking a flier here but Johnson has zero value due to the fact he has no power, can't run, and his average now stinks.  Move right on past him in drafts this spring. 

 

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