Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day passed away yesterday at a very young age with a report that the right handed starting pitcher is most likely to sign a one year contract for the coming season. The death is believed to have been caused by complications due to a combination of waiting too long to sign a contract and a lack of interest from Major League Baseball teams in locking up an average pitcher for multiple years.
Born out of an off season in which there were not a lot of star pitchers available, and further nurtured by the media manipulation skills of agent Scott Boras, Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day seemed as though its life might last as long five years. Unfortunately, its ending was as tragic as it was short. Given what the free agent landscape looks like next off season, with the potential availability of Matt Cain, Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels, it’s unlikely that Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day will ever find the resuscitation it no doubt seeks with a one year contract.
The final nail in the coffin of Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day occurred today with the release of information that the Boston Red Sox, the most likely candidate to keep Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day alive, had only offered a one year deal believed to be worth $5 million or $6 million.
Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day is survived by a 95 miles per hour four seam fastball, a 94 miles per hour two seam fastball, an 88 miles per hour slider and an 87 miles per hour change up. It is predeceased by any notion that Edwin Jackson would ever stay in one place for very long, due to the 28 year old already having pitched Major League innings for six different teams over nine seasons.
A service for Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day will most likely be held in Newport Beach, California, at the offices of the Scott Boras Corporation. It’s expected that a memorial fund will be established for donations at a later date.
Edwin Jackson’s Pay Day: Some stars shine brighter than others. Unfortunately, those are always the ones to burn out first. We’ll remember you.