A pair of former St. Louis Cardinals World Series heroes are players in big changes being made to the Chicago Cubs bullpen.
Edwin Jackson, a part of the 2011 Redbirds World Series championship team, was designated for assignment by the Cubs Sunday. He’ll be moved out to make room for mid-season signing Rafael Soriano who could challenge former St. Louis closer Jason Motte for opportunities to close games.
Jackson was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA for the Wee Bears in 2015 with 31 hits allowed in 30 innings of work. He’s in the third season of a four-year, $52-million contract. Originally inked to be a starter, after a couple of rough seasons, he was demoted to the bullpen where he had done a decent job this year before being cut loose.
Now the Cubs owe Jackson in excess of $15 million despite the fact that he won’t be pitching for them anymore.
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Motte has finished five games for the Cubs in July after finishing five in June. He’s 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 28 hits allowed in 34 2/3 innings of work.
Jackson’s role in the 2011 championship, after arriving in St. Louis in a mid-season trade, consisted largely of giving the team some valuable innings during the stretch run. He was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in the World Series.
Motte saved the clinching game against the Texas Rangers, but was 0-1 with a 6.23 in the Fall Classic. He was not scored upon, however in the National League division and championship series that season.