Edwin Jackson with the Cubs in 2014

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Edwin Jackson On Verge Of MLB History

Jackson is about to set a record by pitching for his 14th MLB team.

May 13, 2019 - 3:36 pm

(AP) How does someone pitch for 14 different teams before his 36th birthday?

Edwin Jackson is on the verge of accomplishing exactly that after the right-hander was traded from Oakland to Toronto. He's  expected to start for the Blue Jays this week, in which case he would set a record by pitching for a 14th team.

Jackson got an early start, making his major league debut on his 20th birthday, and his career has included some highs and lows. He's won a World Series, thrown a no-hitter and appeared in an All-Star game. But mostly, he's been ordinary — not consistently good enough to stick with one team, but solid enough in stretches to earn plenty of opportunities.

Here's a look at Jackson's journey, including stats from each of his stops, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com. (FIP stands for Fielding Independent Pitching. It's an ERA-like metric that attempts to measure how well a pitcher performs, using strikeouts, walks, home runs allowed and hit batsmen — stats the defense doesn't influence.)

Dodgers (2003-05, 75 1/3 innings, 5.50 ERA, 5.29 FIP)

The Dodgers drafted Jackson in the sixth round in 2001, and he made his big league debut in 2003. But in a sign of things to come, he struggled to keep his walk totals down and pitched only sparingly before being traded to Tampa Bay.

Devil Rays/Rays (2006-08, 380 2/3 innings, 5.08 ERA, 4.85 FIP)

Jackson was a regular starter for Tampa Bay in 2007 and 2008, and in the latter year he went 14-11 with a 4.42 ERA. He also pitched a bit in the postseason in '08. Then the Rays traded him to Detroit for Matt Joyce.

Tigers (2009, 214 innings, 3.62 ERA, 4.28 FIP)

Jackson earned All-Star honors in his one season with Detroit, going 13-9. The Tigers included him in a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Yankees the following offseason — a deal that brought Max Scherzer to Detroit.

Diamondbacks (2010, 134 1/3 innings, 5.16 ERA, 4.24 FIP)

Jackson didn't last the season with Arizona. The Diamondbacks traded him to the White Sox after 21 starts. But one of those starts was a 149-pitch no-hitter he threw at Tampa Bay. It was classic Jackson — he walked eight batters in the game.

White Sox (2010-11, 196 2/3 innings, 3.66 ERA, 3.22 FIP)

The 30 starts Jackson made for the White Sox over parts of two seasons included some of the best work of his career. He was traded again in 2011, ending up with the contending Cardinals for the stretch run.

Cardinals (2011, 78 innings, 3.58 ERA, 4.01 FIP)

St. Louis won the World Series in 2011, with Jackson contributing 12 starts in the regular season and four more in the postseason. One of Jackson's teammates with the Cardinals was another well-traveled pitcher: reliever Octavio Dotel, who pitched for 13 teams from 1999-2013.

Nationals (2012 and 2017, 260 2/3 innings, 4.32 ERA, 4.40 FIP)

Jackson spent multiple stints with the Nationals after signing as a free agent. He made 31 starts in 2012.

Cubs (2013-15, 347 innings, 5.37 ERA, 3.98 FIP)

Jackson finally had a chance to stay with one team for a bit after signing with the Cubs, but his tenure there didn't go well. He lost 18 games in 2013 and had a 6.33 ERA in 2014. His FIP numbers suggest he was a little unlucky, but eventually the Cubs stopped using him as a starter.

Braves (2015, 24 2/3 innings, 2.92 ERA, 4.96 FIP)

After being released by the Cubs, Jackson resumed his nomadic ways, finishing the 2015 season in a relief role with Atlanta.

Marlins (2016, 10 2/3 innings, 5.91 ERA, 5.96 FIP)

The Marlins picked up Jackson before the season and then released him after eight relief appearances.

Padres (2016, 73 1/3 innings, 5.89 ERA, 5.27 FIP)

Jackson found an opportunity to start again when he joined the Padres, who were on their way to a last-place finish in 2016.

Orioles (2017, five innings, 7.20 ERA, 9.96 FIP)

Jackson made only three appearances with the Orioles before going back to the Nationals.

Athletics (2018, 92 innings, 3.33 ERA, 4.65 FIP)

Jackson was released by Washington and signed with Oakland during the 2018 season. He went 6-3 in 17 starts with the A's, helping them to a postseason berth. If he can repeat those results with Toronto, the Blue Jays will probably be pretty pleased.

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