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A’s lose Jason Rice on waivers to Indians five days after trading Conor Jackson for him

Sep 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

Jason Rice

Last week the A’s traded Conor Jackson to the Red Sox for Triple-A reliever Jason Rice and now five days later they lost Rice on waivers to the Indians for nothing.

He’s hardly an impact prospect, but it still seems odd to trade for someone and then immediately waive them. Obviously the A’s were hoping Rice would clear waivers, which would have allowed them to keep him in the organization while removing him from the 40-man roster, but the Indians ruined those plans.

Rice threw 85 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 89 strikeouts at Pawtucket, but the former 11th-round pick also walked 42 batters. All of which is a long way of saying that the A’s basically just gave Conor Jackson to the Red Sox for nothing. And considering his .634 OPS during the past three seasons that seems like the right price.

  1. veryindifferent - Sep 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Maybe they really let Brad Pitt run the organization for a few days.

  2. SmackSaw - Sep 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Oh, Billy Beane is a genius! How many World Series has he won with hit convoluted theories? Oh, that’s right…NONE! The A’s will never amount to anything as long as this fraud is in charge. Get some authentic baseball people at let them run the team. Stop the madness!

    • klbader - Sep 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      Good point. No one has won the world series by focusing on crazy things like OBP and OPS. It is exactly because other, large budget teams have begun to pay top dollar for those stats that Beane hasn’t been as successful in Oakland recently. When no one was paying for those skills, he could get good OBP players for little money. Now the market has shifted. Finding the newest economic inefficiency hasn’t proved so easy.

  3. clydeserra - Sep 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Well, he is a going to be a minor league free agent if the clevlands don’t add him to the roster.

  4. jwbiii - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Waiver wire price isn’t nothing. I’ll give you a solid week’s work for $25K.

  5. nomoreseasontix - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Brilliant, Billy!
    Way to adhere to Wolff’s business plan.

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