The Red Sox stocked their bench Wednesday night, picking up one-time top prospect Conor Jackson from Oakland in exchange for a minor-league pitcher.
Jackson, 29, is hitting just .249 with four home runs in 333 at-bats this year. But his real value lies in his versatility: He’s played first base, left field, right field and third base this year alone.
Boston gave up Triple-A pitcher Jason Rice in the trade, and dropped Bobby Jenks to the 60-day DL to make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster.
Jackson was a hot commodity as a youngster with Arizona, batting .291 with 15 homers in his first full season, 2006. But after two more strong years, he fell off a cliff in an injury-ravaged 2009, and never truly returned to form.
He has six games of postseason experience, all with the Diamondbacks in 2007.