Edwin Jackson hoped Chicago would be something like home.

As the son of a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, Jackson is used to moving around. The 30-year-old pitcher was born in Germany, finished high school in Georgia and got drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an outfielder in 2001.

So a guy used to making adjustments is angling for a fresh start with new Cubs manager Rick Renteria.

"I've changed a lot of teams, so I hope change can be good," Jackson said. "Sometimes, change doesn't hurt.

"We have a great team. We have a great manager that's eager to get out, be with the team and eager to help the team learn and teach us different things. We're ready to go."

In his first 10 big-league seasons, Jackson split his time between seven different teams. He got some security when he signed a four-year, $52 million deal. But his first season on the North Side was a forgettable one.

Jackson led the majors with 18 losses and posted a 4.98 ERA, his highest mark since 2007, when he pitched in the unforgiving American League East.

There was some bad luck involved -- his FIP (Fielder Independent Pitching) and xFIP (Expected FIP) sat at 3.79 and 3.86, right around his career norms. That creates some optimism for a bounce-back season in 2014.