Tag:Conor Jackson
Posted on: August 11, 2010 7:01 pm

A's Bailey closer to return

A's closer Andrew Bailey is closer to returning from the disabled list after throwing from 120 feet on Wednesday.

According to MLB.com's Jane Lee , Bailey returned from his throwing session and walked back into the team's clubhouse "with his arms up in the air and smile attached to his face."

"It went really well," Bailey said. "Felt really good."

Lee reports Bailey could

Bailey went not he disabled list retroactive to July 21 with a intercostal strain on his right side. The A's have used Craig Breslow and Michael Wuertz share closing duties in his absence.

The team could also get Conor Jackson back soon, as well. He'd played eight innings with the team's Rookie League club, and will play for Class A Stockton on Wednesday, where he's scheduled to play seven innings in left field.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:40 pm

Wheeling and dealing only just started in Arizona

Even when the Diamondbacks return from their roadtrip on Monday, players may not want to lose track of their bags -- Conor Jackson may have been the trendsetter in an exodus from the desert.

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that more moves are likely on the way.

"We aren't where we need to be in the standings and as far as sort of the things we'd like to do to adjust the roster, there's also payroll considerations as we try to sort of get ready for next year," Byrnes said.

One of the team's most valuable trade pieces is starter Dan Haren. Haren tells Piecoro he likes the team's talent, but not the way they've played. Arizona is already 12 games behind the Padres in the National League West and 13 games below .500, so this team is contending anytime soon. Haren has two years left on his four-year, $44.75 million contract. His salary bumps up from $8.25 million this season to $12.75 million in both of the next two seasons, with a club option for 2013.

The Diamondbacks have plenty of young talent, and Haren said he'd like to stick around.

"That said, at this point in my career, I probably wouldn't want to be part of something like that," Haren told the newspaper. "Then again, I haven't really won anything since 2006 and I also want to win."

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be traded, but his 2011 mutual option ($1.5 million buyout) increases from $7.5 million to $9.5 million if traded, so he'd likely be a one-year rental.

Other trade options include closer Chad Qualls and second baseman Kelly Johnson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 3:05 pm

D-backs trade Jackson for A's Demel

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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