The Blue Jays made a trade to help bolster their rotation, announcing they’ve acquired Edwin Jackson from the Oakland A’s for cash considerations.
Due to the number of injuries the Blue Jays have sustained to their rotation, the front office found themselves on the lookout for some help. They found just that on Saturday afternoon, announcing they made a deal with Oakland to acquire Edwin Jackson for cash considerations.
Jackson is a 16 year MLB veteran and should help provide the badly needed depth that the Jays could use right now. They lost Matt Shoemaker for the season when he tore his ACL in April, Ryan Borucki has yet to make a big league start, and now Clay Buchholz hit the injured list, which was announced yesterday.
Clayton Richard has yet to make a big league start either, but might be available in another week or so, at least according to the last update we’ve had on the veteran. Regardless, the Blue Jays could use someone like Jackson, even if he’s obviously just a short term piece of the puzzle.
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The 35-year-old was quite good last year in the 17 starts he made with Oakland. He ended up going 6-3 with a 3.33 and was a solid contributor for a surprise contender.
For his career he’s 104-123 with a 4.60 ERA, appearing in 394 games and making 306 starts throughout those 16 seasons. He’s been worth 11.2 bWAR, and was an All-Star back in 2009 when he was a member of the Detroit Tigers.
Jackson is one of those MLB pitchers who has made his way around a lot of different organizations. Thus far in his career he’s played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, and now the Blue Jays. That’s a lot of suitcase packing.
Jackson was actually a Blue Jay for a brief period back in 2011 when he was acquired from the White Sox, and then immediately flipped to the Cardinals in the Colby Rasmus-highlighted eight-player deal.
According to Hazel Mae on Sportnet’s broadcast of Saturday’s game, it sounds like Jackson could be a rotation option as soon as Wednesday in San Francisco, which will help Charlie Montoyo and the coaching staff make plans for at least the next week or so.