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Padres trade outfielder Jesus Guzman to the Astros for shortstop Ryan Jackson

Dec 18, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

MLB.com’s Corey Brock passes along word of this minor transaction …

Guzman, 29, is a .259/.324/.418 career hitter in 930 plate appearances at the major league level. He’s limited defensively to the corner outfield spots and first base, and the Padres had too many players on their roster with that same profile. Jackson is a 25-year-old middle infielder with a good glove but weak bat. He hit .278/.352/.346 in 510 plate appearances this past summer for the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in Memphis.

  1. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Astros are silently making some really good moves.

  2. tuberippin - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Not a bad play by the Astros to pick up Ryan Jackson off waivers from St. Louis and flip him for a potentially useful player in a short period of time.

  3. stex52 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    There is an unexpected move that may pay dividends. All of a sudden they have a couple of .700+ potential bats in the outfield and a hot prospect coming up. How about another pitcher? Maybe I will decrease the over/under to 90 losses this year.

    Hope springs eternal.

    • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      They had a long hill to climb, in part because they didn’t even start at the base of the hill, but in a deep dark pit that was lower than that. They may just about be out of the pit and ready to start climbing.

      I haven’t really bought into the “Houston could sign Choo” rumors, but when you look at next year’s FA class….maybe it isn’t a horrible idea….next year’s FA class is 12 kinds of horrible…when they are ready to buy, there may not be much around to spend money on.

      • stex52 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Choo was mentioned by the Houston Press early in the hot stove season as a possibility. Although I don’t know if everyone knew his salary demands were going to be this high.

        Right now I would say he doesn’t match at all well with Houston’s stated plans for a 2014 budget or with their stated strategy to only go the FA route when you are close to the playoffs. That’s a couple of years or so away. So I doubt it.

        But perhaps they are changing plans.

  4. stex52 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    There is an unexpected move that may pay dividends. All of a sudden they have a couple of .700+ OPS potential bats in the outfield and a hot prospect coming up. How about another pitcher? Maybe I will decrease the over/under to 90 losses this year.

    Hope springs eternal.

  5. jkaflagg - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Little disappointed that Jackson didn’t get a chance to back up Villar, but Guzman is a decent stick…..perhaps a good candidate for platoon action at a corner OF spot.

  6. forsch31 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Jackson never really had a shot with the Cardinals (the official line was that his defense wasn’t major-league-ready, which seemed odd), so I hope he gets a shot with the Padres.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Yeah, that’s an unusual thing to say about a player with decent defensive stats. It makes you wonder if there was some other reason why they let him go. He had temper tantrums? He still wets the bed (extra hotel charges)? He likes to call his managers “sweetheart”? He refuses to change his underwear?

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