In his first roster move as Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman claimed infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers from the San Diego Padres in early November.
Essentially a career Minor-Leaguer, Jackson’s time with the Dodgers was short-lived. He was designated for assignment when they acquired Juan Nicasio on Monday and on Wednesday, the Dodgers announced Jackson was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
Jackson didn’t play in the Majors in 2014 and last saw time in the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. In 24 career at-bats with the Cardinals, Jackson went 2-for-24 with one walk.
Last season was Jackson’s first with the Padres, however he only played 11 games due to suffering a season-ending wrist injury. In six seasons in the Minors, Jackson is hitting .268/.338/.363.
Jackson figured to be not much else than an infielder for the Dodgers’ Minor-League system, likely for their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City given the lack of depth. Jackson’s total days spent with the Dodgers organization comes to an end after just 23 days.
The trade is the Dodgers’ fifth in the last 10 days, though the majority of the transactions have been minor. Thus far, the Dodgers’ most noteworthy acquisition is the trade with the Tampa Bay Rays that landed them relievers Adam Liberatore and Joel Peralta.
With Hanley Ramirez having signed with the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers may rely on the trade market to find his replacement with Alexei Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins believed to be possibilities.