Edwards is best known for his run with the Cubs. Once a well-regarded prospect in the Chicago system, he made his MLB debut in late 2015 and played an important role in the Cubs’ box for the next few seasons. Despite persistent walking problems, Edwards was pretty good at missing bats and preventing races during his early years. Between 2016 and 2018, he achieved an ERA of 3.03 / 3.12 FIP in 154 1/3 relief innings.
However, he has fallen on hard times since. Edwards got off to a bad start in 2019 and Chicago sent him back to the Padres for another reliever. Brad Wieck on the transaction deadline. Edwards was unable to right the ship in San Diego and was left without a tender. The Mariners signed him this offseason in hopes of a rebound. To his credit, the right-hander got off to a good start in Seattle, but sagging mass tension in his forearm ended his season after just 4 2/3 innings.
The Braves signed a minor league contract with Edwards over the winter. Atlanta selected him from the major league roster earlier this month, but nominated him for an assignment after a single appearance, in which he allowed three runs on as many hits while recording just one out. Edwards authorized the waivers and elected a free agency.
Now he will be looking to return to the big leagues with Toronto. The Jays have suffered numerous injuries in the pens this season and are still without notables Rafael Dolis, Julian Merryweather and David Phelps (as well as presumption closer Kirby Yates, who underwent surgery from Tommy John before the start of the regular season). Despite the health issues, the Toronto relievers have hit a solid 2.99 / 3.76 SIERA ERA this year.