The Diamondbacks have sent outfielder Brett Jackson outright to Triple-A Reno. He hit .208/.299/.350 in 240 at-bats between two Triple-A clubs.
The Diamondbacks recalled reliever Joe Paterson and outfielder Brett Jackson from Triple-A Reno prior to Friday's game against the Padres, the team announced. The move puts the team with 32 players on the active roster.
The Cubs have traded outfielder Brett Jackson to the Diamondbacks for pitcher Blake Cooper, according to azcentral.com. Jackson is a former first-round pick of the Cubs, but has struggled in the minors. He's hitting .210/.298/.348 over 224 at-bats in Triple-A this season. Cooper has a 3.57 ERA at Triple-A.
The Cubs optioned five players to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, including outfielder Brett Jackson, infielders Josh Vitters and Christian Villanueva and pitchers Zac Rosscup and Arodys Vizcaino. The team also reassigned catcher Rafael Lopez, outfielder Mitch Maier and pitcher Armando Rivero to minor-league camp.
After a disastrous 2013 season, which included a demotion in the minors, Cubs outfield prospect Brett Jackson has a new attitude heading into 2014, per MLB.com. "I've never been more excited to be back in spring training. I've never been more excited to be back on the field," he said. "When you're not playing well, the game's not fun. I wasn't having fun last year -- I was hurt and struggling. I rediscovered that fun a little bit this offseason. I feel I'm in the best physical shape I've been in and the best mental state I've been in in a long time. I'm very confident coming into camp and am excited to be part of this new regime." Jackson was given an offseason program by the Cubs that included improving his mental approach to the game. Jackson also said he made some slight changes to his approach at the plate. "The changes I was trying to make last year had all the right intentions and all the right cues for me to become a better player," he said. "However, I was fighting my nature, I was fighting who I was as a natural athlete and I think that made my time at the plate a struggle. Having said that, I'm thankful for last year and I'm thankful for what happened and overcoming the injuries I had and the challenges I had at the plate and on the field. I feel the best I've felt moving into spring training."
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