Red Sox Add Balance With Righthanded Jackson

The Deal
The Red Sox added righthanded-hitting Conor Jackson, a four-corners bat perfect for platoon starts and pinch-hitting duty, in a minor trade with the Athletics. Boston surrendered Triple-A reliever Jason Rice, who earned an immediate September callup to audition for a larger role in 2012.
Athletics Acquire
Jason Rice, rhp
Age: 25.
Born: May 13, 1986 in San Bernadino, Calif.
Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 190. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Chaffey (Calif.) JC.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in 11th round of 2005 draft; signed June 11, 2005 … Selected by Red Sox from White Sox in Rule 5 minor league draft, Dec. 11, 2008.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Pawtucket (IL) AAA 4 5 3.69 44 1 4 85.1 77 37 35 6 42 89 1.40

The rare minor league Rule 5 pick to reach the big leagues, Rice has struck out 254 batters in 215 1/3 innings (10.6 per nine) since joining the Red Sox system in 2009. Boston moved him to the bullpen at high Class A that year, but the new role did little to reign in his walk rate, which registered at 4.7 over the past three seasons. Rice sits 92-94 mph with a straight fastball and also throws a fringy curveball from a high three-quarters arm slot. A second pitch would help him battle lefthanders, who hit .279/.382/.372 against him in the International League. Rice will qualify for minor league free agency if Oakland removes him from its 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the World Series.

Red Sox Acquire
Conor Jackson, 1b/rf/lf
Age: 29. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Approximately $533,333, then eligible for free agency following the season (signed $3.2 million deal for 2011).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Oakland (AL) 2011 .249 102 333 30 83 17 1 4 38 30 50 3 .315 .342
3-Year Totals .234 192 640 63 150 34 1 7 68 72 93 14 .314 .323

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