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Red Sox land Conor Jackson in last minute waiver trade

Sep 1, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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This one went down right at the midnight deadline. Or maybe even after. But we’re not ones to tattle.

According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Red Sox have sent right-handed relief prospect Jason Rice to the A’s for outfield-first baseman Conor Jackson.

Jackson, 29, has batted just .249/.315/.342 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 368 plate appearances this season for Oakland. He doesn’t play great defense, but he has experience in right field, left field, and at first base and third. The Red Sox are expected to use him as a super utilityman down the stretch.

Rice, a 25-year-old former 11th-round draft pick, has posted a 3.69 ERA and 89/42 K/BB ratio in 85 1/3 innings this year at the Triple-A level. He doesn’t have great control, but his fastball velocity is strong and he has the potential to become a decent middle reliever if he can develop a secondary pitch.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Wow. The Red Sox got ripped. What is the point of trading for a bad defensive first baseman whose OPS is lower than that of Sam Fuld. This has the feeling of spending money, just to spend money. Theo Epstein=Michael Scott, and Conor Jackson=new Office chairs or a new copy machine.

    • Paul White - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:11 AM

      The Sox had Darnell McDonald and his 71 OPS+ mark (that’s .195/.270/.366) as their only right-handed outfield option, and Jackson is on the final month of a one-year deal which will only cost the Sox about $500K. So essentially they upgraded at a needed position without spending much money or giving up any real prospects. So, I guess I think your analysis sucks, hittfamily. But “The Office” is really funny, so you’ve got that going for you.

      • hcf95688 - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM

        Actually, The Office isn’t that funny anymore, at least in my opinion.

      • hittfamily - Sep 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Ha ha. Glad you got that referance. Oscar pointed out that if they don’t spend the money this year, they don’t get it next year. It may only cost them 500k, but a september call up costs 60k. There aren’t any bats in their minors that could contribute. JD Drew is back, so they will always have a good bat on the bench, be it Redick or Drew, so to barely upgrade a right handed bat, It seems like a waste. But my team doesn’t have a 200mil payroll, so what do I know.

  2. joshftw - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Is this the end of Mike Aviles’ storied tenure in Boston?

  3. pisano - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    If anyone wants to watch the Red Sox batting practice it starts at about 4:10 this afternoon and A.J Burnett will probably be in there for at the most two innings, if that long. This ought to be a king sized ass whipping today, how the Yankees can start this bum against the Sox is beyond me. Have fun Boston, hopefully this will be A.J.’s swan song.

  4. nomoreseasontix - Sep 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Billy, Billy, Billy… Haven’t you learned anything? Your pitching and on base percentage over everything else protocol just doesn’t work.
    Maybe try to dig up a couple of hitters for next year. Or, maybe develop some.

    Maybe Wolff won’t allow you to build a successful team. Might screw up his goal of moving to San Jose once his old frat pal Selig yanks the rights away from the Giants.

    As a long time fan, I’m absolutely sick of the faux teams you put on the field.

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