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The Athletics have interest in bringing back Conor Jackson

Jan 28, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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The Athletics have already traded for Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Collin Cowgill and signed Coco Crisp and Jonny Gomes this offseason. But do you know what they could really use? Another outfielder.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s still have some interest in bringing back Conor Jackson. The 29-year-old was mentioned as a possibility even before the club re-signed Crisp earlier this month.

Jackson, a first-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2003, had an impressive .292/.371/.451 batting line and an .822 OPS over his first three full seasons in the big leagues. However, he hasn’t been the same player since missing most of the 2009 season with Valley Fever, posting an ugly .241/.320/.336 batting line and a .656 OPS over the past two seasons. He has also battled numerous injuries, including a banged up knee after the A’s traded him to the Red Sox prior to last year’s August waiver deadline.

Jackson bats right-handed, has solid plate discipline and can also play some first base, so most teams would likely jump at the chance if he’s willing to accept a minor-league deal. Though there’s nothing to suggest the Rays are legitimately interested, our own Matthew Pouliot mentioned them as a potential fit earlier this week.

  1. APBA Guy - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Wait a minute, Jackson does not figure into the Clown Show circus atmosphere the A’s have been building to recently. He’s versatile, if not particularly good, and has proven to Beane that he’s ok with being traded mid-season, and more importantly, has the worth still to attract a trade suitor. I’m not sure he’s a fit for the new-look A’s, unless he’s planning to wear a Bobby Kielty wig. Bruce Jenkins had a positively scathing comment about the whole A’s offseason in the Chron recently, also employing the Circus Big Top metaphor.

  2. cubs103years - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Who

  3. lostsok - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Jackson could be a real sleeper for someone. Natural power and plate discipline are the two main ingredients of great hitters, and CJ was on pace to be just that before his illness.

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