CoJax Dealt to BoSox
Conor Jackson who has struggled mightily as of late (he is presently on an 0-for-21 streak at the plate) has been sent packing to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox apparently liked the medicals on this deal as there was no last minute falling through of this particular trade. In return for the underperfoming Conor Jackson the A’s receive minor-league pitcher Jason Rice. The move came just before the deadline so Jackson will be eligible for postseason play with the Red Sox reports CSNNewEngland’s Sean McAdam writing,
“Jackson will be added to the Red Sox’ expanded roster and is expected to join the club Thursday.
As is often the case, at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st, this deal, too, came minutes before the deadline to obtain players who will be eligible for postseason play.”
On the year, Jackson is hitting .249/.315/.342 with four home runs in 368 plate appearances. He has a .296 wOBA, 86 wRC+ and has been worth only 0.4 WAR in 2011. After sitting a few days with a sore neck, Brandon Allen stole the starting first base job from him and clearly the A’s are ready to move on sooner rather than later. Jackson has been a disappointment since the A’s acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks in July of 2010 in exchange for reliever Sam Demel. Having suffered from valley fever his power that he flashed in Arizona was completely gone and as yet another corner outfielder/first baseman with little to no power but no great on base percentage or batting average to counter act it, he was not a useful piece of the A’s today or tomorrow.
In Jason Rice, the A’s get a 25-year old reliever who has spent 2011 in Triple-A Pawtucket. He has thrown 9.4 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 while allowing 0.9 HR/9 leading to an even ERA (3.69) and FIP (3.65). The Los Angeles native, Rice throws a 92-94 mph fastball and supplements it with a high 70’s curveball.