Jackson has been a solid, if unspectacular player for 10 years. He has a rocket arm and can toss a gem on any given night. He can handle a bat and can pinch run if called upon. Yet his talents have been undervalued by six different teams—possibly seven if the Washington Nationals decide not to re-sign him.
Yes, Jackson has played for seven teams in 10 years. It's been a strange decade for the 29-year-old. And while it may seem like his nomad status could point to his ineffectiveness as a consistent starter, that's simply not the case.
There are plenty of teams around baseball who could use Jackson's services as a back-end starter. He's not going to be a Cy Young candidate, but he is probably the only fourth or fifth starter in a given rotation that can throw a no-hitter on any night.
Simply put, there is a market for this budding star, and he'll hopefully find a place to settle down when he puts his pen to his next deal.