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Red Sox Acquire 1B/OF Conor Jackson

Conor Jackson is on his way to Boston (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images).

Late last night just minutes before the waiver deadline, The Red Sox traded for Oakland A’s utility OF/INF Conor Jackson and cash in exchange for minor league pitching prospect Jason Rice.

Jackson has played in 102 games for Oakland this season batting .249 with 4 HR and 38 RBI. He’s expected to join the big platoon in RF with Josh Reddick, J.D. Drew, and Darnell McDonald. Jackson was presumably brought in as a right handed hitter to help the teams offense against left handed pitching, something the current crop of outfielders have struggled with all year. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Jackson isn’t a particularly strong hitter against lefties either, but for the low asking price the risk was worth taking. He’s a solid, versatile player who can help the Red Sox, but I don’t expect him to have a major role with this team come playoff time.

He’s expected to be with the team for Thursday’s series finale with the Yankees.

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