Right-hander Jay Jackson has reached an agreement with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball, Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweets. Jackson spent last season last season as a member of the Brewers organization.
This continues a nomadic career for the 32-year-old Jackson, a 2008 ninth-round pick of the Cubs who has bounced around a few MLB franchises and has already pitched in Japan previously. Jackson was a force for the Hiroshima Carp from 2016-18, during which he combined for 182 innings of 2.13 ERA ball with 202 strikeouts against 70 walks.
Jackson returned stateside on a minors pact with the Brewers last winter, though he ended up spending most of the season at the Triple-A level. He was dominant there, evidenced by a paltry 1.33 ERA with 12.0 K/9 against 2.2 BB/9 over 40 2/3 innings. Jackson wasn’t as successful in 30 1/3 MLB frames, though, as he managed a 4.45 ERA. While Jackson did strike out 13.9 batters per nine, a lofty walk rate (5.3 BB/9) helped undermine his efforts.