The Red Sox have reached a deal with the A's for outfielder Conor Jackson and cash in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Rice.
The 29-year-old Jackson has played 50 games at first base and 48 in the outfield (both right and left field) was hitting .249 in 102 games with the A's, totaling four home runs and a .658 OPS. A right-handed hitter, is hitting .254 with a .686 OPS against left-handed pitching. He has slumped of late, hitting .151 with a .452 OPS in August.
Jackson is working under a one-year, $3.2 million deal and will be eligible for free agency after this year. To make room for the outfielder/first baseman on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed Bobby Jenks on the 60-day disabled list.
The 25-year-old Rice was 4-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 44 appearances for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, with all but one of his outings coming out of the bullpen. The righty struck out and walked 42 in 85 1/3 innings.
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