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D-backs trade Jackson for A's Demel

Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 3:05 pm
 
Conor Jackson The Diamondbacks cut ties with outfielder Conor Jackson today, sending him to Oakland in exchange for promising minor-league reliever Sam Demel.

Jackson, 28, was a solid piece of Arizona's lineup from 2006-2008, when he batted .292 and averaged 14 homers and 71 RBI. He missed most of the 2009 season with what was eventually diagnosed as Valley Fever, a fungal infection that saps the body's energy.

Jackson has been clear of the effects of the illness this season but slow to start, including being hampered by an early hamstring injury. He's batting .238 with one homer and an OPS of .657.

The Diamondbacks, mired in last place in the National League West, have been looking for ways to improve their bullpen, the third-worst in the league with a 4.62 ERA. They receive Dremel, a third-round pick of the A's in 2007 out of TCU.

In 3 1/2 minor-league seasons, Demel has gone 9-8 with a 2.79 ERA and 42 saves. He has been stellar this year, posting a 1.26 ERA in 22 appearances. He'll join the Diamondbacks immediately.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated says via Twitter that another baseball executive expects the Diamondbacks to "blow things up," so this could be just the beginning.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle has some details on how the A's will use Jackson. They envision an everyday scenario of, left to right, Jackson-Rajai Davis-Ryan Sweeney. As for the Diamondbacks, it looks like Gerardo Parra will get most of the time in left field now.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:07 pm
 

D-backs trade Jackson for A's Demel

This trade is interesting and confusing for the A's. Interesting since Jackson could possibly provide a strong right-handed bat in the lineup. confusing since Coco Crisp and Travis Buck will both be returning soon, and the A's already have Gabe Gross and Patterson as reserve outfielders on the bench (and Carson, but he's likely going back to the minors). I guess the A's are going to send down Patterson and maybe Buck once Chavez comes back?

Positives: He doesn't strike out a lot, and has good OPS and run production during his good years. Negatives: Another high-risk injury player (only 292PA the last two years), just what the A's didn't need more of, and now the A's have another glut of outfielders to work through.

I like the mindset of acquiring another right-handed bat for the A's, hopefully it will work out!



Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:09 pm
 

D-backs trade Jackson for A's Demel

Nice move Dbacks.  The bullpen is horrendous this season.  It is time to look to the future.  Focus around Haren, Reynolds, Upton and the resurgent Kelly Johnson.

Looking forward to seeing how the trading works out!


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