Edwin Jackson for Matt Joyce

December 11, 2008 at 7:37 am 5 comments


The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays made a trade that benefits both teams. The Tigers landed starting pitcher Edwin Jackson while the Rays landed corner outfielder Matt Joyce. This was a basic need-for-need trade.

The Tigers get a guy in Jackson that has top of the rotation stuff but 6th starter numbers. He sits in the 94-97 range and can pump it up to 99-100 and his velocity lasts the entire game. His slider is sharp but with short break; kind of like a longer cutter. Both pitches are plus while his other breaking ball and change are both below average. Jackson has little-to-no command and hitters just wait for him to make mistakes. He is only 25 so there still a chance he blossoms into a very good starter. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time and he’ll cost the Tigers close to $2M.

The Rays get a guy in Joyce that is a plus defender, much like Gabe Gross, but his bat is better than Gross’. He has very good power and he shows good patience at the plate. He will swing and miss quite a bit but the Rays will put up with it thanks to his other assets. Joyce will need a platoon partner against left handed pitching. Joyce is also under team control for 6 years and three of those are close to league minimum pay. If the Rays re-sign Rocco Baldelli the two platoon mates could out produce most full-time rightfielders.

Both teams added need so the deal is a push for now but if Jackson learns how to command his electric stuff this could be a win for the Tigers.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:49 am

    I’ve been a fan of Jackson’s when he came up from the minors with the Dodgers, but couldn’t come back from that good rookie form he had albeit a 11bb/19k ratio. And wow, his wikipedia entry has already been updated that he’s on the tigers.

    I’m not sure if I like the Tigers giving up Joyce though. He just seems like a better option then the other LF’ers they have currently, including Guillen, Thames, Raburn as indicated on their current depth chart.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I agree that giving up Joyce was a bit of a surprise and a lot of the Detroit area awriters don’t like the deal. Appparently Jim Leyland wasn’t in favor of Joyce either.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  December 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Well apparently If Leyland doesn’t like the players they ship off. Is there a reason why he didn’t like Joyce?

  • 4. Erik  |  December 13, 2008 at 2:24 am

    As much as I like jackson this deal is to the Rays favor. It almost assuredly opens a rotation spot for David Price and it gives them an OFer with depth.

    Jackson I’m sure will do well in Comerica park he should do better there than Willis fared after his first year there.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 13, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I have no idea what he did to make Leyland mad. Maybe it was lack of hustle but I have never heard that about Joyce and if that bothers Leyland then he should trade Miguel Cabrera and a few others as well.

    The more I look at this trade and what it does for the Rays (adds payroll, gives Price rotation spot, adds a good defensive RF that hits righties well and is cheap…).


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