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Diamondbacks trade Conor Jackson to A's

Jun 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

Reports yesterday had the Rangers pursuing Conor Jackson but this afternoon the Diamondbacks traded him to a different AL West team, sending Jackson to the A’s for right-handed reliever prospect Sam Demel.
Jackson missed most of last season with valley fever and has struggled to bounce back this year, hitting just .238 with one homer and a .657 OPS in 42 games. He was a solid hitter from 2006-2008, posting an OPS above .800 each year, but while still just 28 years old Jackson is making $3.1 million and could be a non-tender candidate this winter if he doesn’t get on track in the second half.
Demel was the A’s third-round pick in 2007 and has good stuff, with an average fastball around 92-94 miles per hour and 200 strikeouts in 180.2 innings as a minor leaguer. His control is iffy, but Demel has a 2.61 ERA and 61/30 K/BB ratio in 61 innings at Triple-A and projects as a potential late-inning reliever. Still, that he’s the guy going to Arizona in a 1-for-1 deal shows just how far Jackson’s stock has declined.
While cutting bait on Jackson doesn’t necessarily have any impact on the Diamondbacks’ plans, he might be the first player out the door in a more extensive rebuilding effort that could include Adam LaRoche, Chris Snyder, Kelly Johnson, Aaron Heilman, and perhaps even Dan Haren.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Nothing against Jackson, a player I’ve always liked if not loved, but why does Billy the Brain keep picking up meh OFs? His obsession with appearing “smarter” than other GMs seems to be clouding his judgment. As with Tony LaRussa, different can be good, even great, but different does not always mean better.

  2. APBA Guy - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    There is a shortage of ML ready OF’s in Oakland, as injuries, regression, and bad GM off-season judgement have left the A’s with one full-time OF (Sweeney). I’m sure the D’backs are picking up some of CoJack’s salary, and if he hits .230 and can catch the ball, that will be an improvement on what the A’s have been running out there this season. Not that .230 will be good, of course.

  3. scatterbrian - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    The problem is there aren’t a lot of non-meh OFs available, and they can’t develop hitters on their own. Sweeney has been their most consistent OF, and he’s about as meh as they come. ISOs under .100 in right field are awful no matter how shiny your UZR may be. Personally I’d be embarrassed if I were 6’5 and Rajai Davis was matching my power.

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