The Oakland Athletics announced they have traded outfielder/first baseman Conor Jackson and cash considerations to the Boston Red Sox for right-handed reliever Jason Rice. Jackson will be eligible for Boston's post-season roster, if he is selected by management.
The Red Sox envision Conor Jackson serving in a super utility role, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Jackson, 29, is capable of playing both corner infield and outfield positions, though, he is below-average in the outfield defensively. It doesn't get much better offensively for Jackson, who is hitting .249/.315/.342 with 4 home runs in 368 plate appearances this season. A change of scenery and playing in the hitter-friendly Fenway park should help Jackson.
Jason Rice is a 25-year-old reliever who hasn't seen the major-league level. A former 11th-round selection, Rice is posting a 3.69 ERA to go along with a 89/42 K/BB ratio in over 85 innings of work at Class Triple-A Pawtucket.