The Toronto Blue Jays are officially attempting to tank the rest of the 2019 campaign if Edwin Jackson toes the rubber in a Jays uniform again this season.
Edwin Jackson made his seventh appearance of the season and continued to prove that he has no business pitching in the majors any longer. The 35-year old surrendered three round-trippers and seven runs while only retiring two batters last night versus the Los Angeles Angels.
Jackson now sports a 12.43 earned run average while serving up 12 homers and 35 earned runs in just 25.1 innings of work. For a team entrenched in a rebuild, there is no reason to keep trotting Jackson out to the bump every fifth day unless you are intentionally trying to tank the remainder of the season.
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In all fairness, the Blue Jays starting pitchers have been snakebitten with injuries this season, however, the likes of Patrick Murphy, Yennsy Diaz, Hector Perez, David Paulino, Sean Reid-Foley or Jordan Romano would all be better options than Jackson at this point. Many of those youngsters would greatly benefit from the on the job training at the major league level in a season that has circled the drain since the get-go.
If the Blue Jays are secretly looking ahead to next years amateur draft they currently own the fourth worst record in baseball with a .361 winning percentage after 72 games.
Regardless of their won-loss record, the last thing the front office needs to do is embed a losing culture in the clubhouse or that losing is acceptable. Let the kids play and see where the chips fall, but there is no reason for Edwin Jackson to ever pitch for the Blue Jays again.
I would fully expect that he will be designated for assignment in the coming days otherwise the fix is in and Ross Atkins and company are mortgaging the remainder of the season for a top draft pick.