Of Jesuit logic, Edwin Jackson and St. Thomas Aquinas
The benefits of a Jesuit education…you get to take a class in logic as part of the philosophy requirement. Plus you get to read Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas but that doesn’t help in the case of free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson.
So let’s stick to logic in the case of the 29-year-old righthander.
We are also told that the Padres have dropped out of the running because they didn’t want to make a four-year commitment to Jackson. They also dropped out because they didn’t want to make a $12-13 million per year commitment to Jackson. He made $11 million from the Nationals last season.
All right, so if all of that is true, then the Rangers apparently are willing to go at least four years and $50 million for Jackson. That’s the logic.
For four years we have been listening to how good the Rangers farm system is, how important it is to develop their own pitching and how much they have done to change the pitching culture within the organization.
And now Edwin Jackson is going to get four years and $50 million?
So what do you get for $50 million?
Over the past four years, Jackson is 45-41 with a 3.98 ERA in 127 start and one relief appearance. There have been 63 Major League pitchers who have made at least 100 starts over the past four years and Jackson has the 35th best ERA. He is 43rd with 8.99 hits per nine innings, 37th with 2.97 walks and 34th with 7.29 strikeouts per nine innings.
Jackson is 29 years old. He hasn’t been on the disabled since 2004. He has also been with seven different organizations in his career.
So, using all powers of logic, are the Rangers really willing to give Jackson a four-year contract?
Maybe Aquinas does have the answer…
“Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.”
“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.”
Don’t think he tweeted either one.