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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Blue Jays trade for Edwin Jackson, who could set a new MLB record by playing for his 14th different team

The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics have made a minor trade with potentially historic significance.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays acquired veteran righty Edwin Jackson from the A’s in a cash trade, both teams confirmed.

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The trade is potentially historic because, if Jackson ever does suit up for the Blue Jays, he’ll set a new MLB record by playing for his 14th different team. Jackson and Octavio Dotel currently share the record by playing for 13 different teams. Here, for posterity, is Jackson’s career timeline:

Dodgers: 2003-05
(Devil) Rays: 2006-08
Tigers: 2009
Diamondbacks: 2010
White Sox: 2010-11
Cardinals: 2011
Nationals: 2012
Cubs: 2013-15
Braves: 2015
Marlins: 2016
Padres: 2016
Orioles: 2017
Nationals (again): 2017
Athletics: 2018

Quite a record to set- wonder if there’s anyone active now with a chance to challenge it.

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, edwin jackson, milestones

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   1. The Duke Posted: May 12, 2019 at 07:16 AM (#5841166)
He accumulated all of his WAR in a brief 5 year period from 2008-2012. The rest of the time he’s just been trying to drag it back down to 0. He’s made $80 million for that 11 WAR. Well done
   2. A triple short of the cycle Posted: May 12, 2019 at 09:16 AM (#5841175)
He's made two starts for the A's AAA team in Las Vegas: 9 IP, 9 H, 3 HR, 7 BB, 9 K.

Don't know why the A's are giving away starting pitching depth.
   3. spycake Posted: May 12, 2019 at 07:55 PM (#5841300)
I was about to say, wasn't he a Blue Jay once already? Maybe for a few minutes, at least:

July 27, 2011: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Mark Teahen to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart.

July 27, 2011: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson and Marc Rzepczynski to the St. Louis Cardinals for Trever Miller, Colby Rasmus, Brian Tallet and P.J. Walters.
   4. QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:58 AM (#5842643)
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 16, 2019 at 09:12 AM (#5842660)
And somehow Jackson is still only 35. He should make this his personal quest. 20 teams should be pretty easy.
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 16, 2019 at 09:52 AM (#5842675)
It's official- Edwin Jackson has played for his fourteenth team, and has now set the record for most MLB teams played for


What hat will he have on his HOF plaque?
   7. Rally Posted: May 16, 2019 at 09:58 AM (#5842680)
17 teams would be a cool number to end up with, in addition to being a record it's also one more franchise than it would have been possible to play for pre-1961.

Well, sort of. I guess with the Federal League and Player's Association somebody could have gotten there. Plus situations like do the St. Louis Browns and Baltimore Orioles count as 1 or 2?
   8. Rally Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:02 AM (#5842685)
He came up in 2003 (age 19), so if his career played out perfectly Edwin could have played for 31 MLB teams, but he did not pitch for the Expos before they moved. Did pitch for the Nats in two stints.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:05 AM (#5842687)
Plus situations like do the St. Louis Browns and Baltimore Orioles count as 1 or 2?


One.

   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5842699)
17 teams would be a cool number to end up with, in addition to being a record it's also one more franchise than it would have been possible to play for pre-1961.

17 seems almost a gimme at this point. Biggest risk is repeats.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5842703)
Plus situations like do the St. Louis Browns and Baltimore Orioles count as 1 or 2?


One.

But original Senators (now Twins) and expansion Senators (now Rangers) would be two, correct?
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5842705)
But original Senators (now Twins) and expansion Senators (now Rangers) would be two, correct?


Yes.

And it becomes obvious when you have teams that don't change nicknames. Eddie Mathews played for the Braves, Astros and Tigers, not the Braves, Braves, Braves, Astros and Tigers.
   13. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5842736)
He came up in 2003 (age 19), so if his career played out perfectly Edwin could have played for 31 MLB teams, but he did not pitch for the Expos before they moved. Did pitch for the Nats in two stints.

Matt Stairs played for the Expos and the Nationals separated by about 15 years but people conflate them in the "number of teams" stats.
   14. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 16, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5842743)
Elmer Valo is listed as playing for 6 teams but it includes the Athletics before and after they moved, the Dodgers before and after they moved, and the Senators before and after they moved. Poor guy kept trying to stay on the east coast but fate had other plans.
   15. Itchy Row Posted: May 16, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5842758)
Looks like nobody played for the Redlegs, Reds, Colt .45s, and Astros.

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