The 36-year-old veteran pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Edwin Jackson, plans to continue playing as long as he is healthy.
In an article on MLB.com, Edwin Jackson stated that he plans to continue playing as long as he is healthy. The veteran pitcher for the Detroit Tigers just turned 36 and there was speculation about whether he would continue playing after this year.
Jackson has had an abysmal year in 2019, going 3-10 with a 9.58 ERA. He is currently on a minor league contract with Detroit until the end of the 2019 season. Jackson has an impressive resume, but his performance in recent years combined with his age will likely make it difficult for him to land a new job.
It is probably in Detroit’s best interest not to pursue Jackson. While he is still in decent shape, and definitely is capable of eating up innings, it doesn’t seem like he is a good fit for a team that is rebuilding. Detroit will want to make room for their young prospects to get time and experience in the big leagues. Jackson would be a better fit with a team that he could benefit immediately while he still has gas left in the tank.
On the flip side, Jackson does bring a veteran presence with years of pitching experience who could work with the younger pitchers. He has been resilient this season, despite his poor performances, and maintains a positive attitude. This kind of mentality is important in baseball, and Jackson could help impart his wisdom and experience to young players as well as eat up some innings during the rebuild for a cheap price.
Regardless of whether the Tigers resign him, Jackson will be a free agent and he will look for work. It is likely that he will get another minor league contract and need to work his way back up to the majors after how poorly this season went for him. Do you think Detroit should give Jackson another opportunity to pitch for them?