In an attempt to provide the ball club with more position depth around the infield, the Kansas City Royals acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced.
Ryan Jackson was previously designated for assignment earlier this week after being claimed off waivers by the Dodgers a couple weeks ago from the San Diego Padres. This deal also marks the Dodgers’ fifth trade in less than two weeks.
Jackson, 26, only managed to play in eleven games during the 2014 season, splitting time with the Padres’ Rookie-Ball affiliate (5 games) and Triple-A affiliate (6 games), due to a right wrist injury that would end up requiring season-ending surgery. In eleven total games at the minor-league level last season, he slashed .200/.317/.229 with seven hits, one of which was a double, in 42 plate appearances.
In Jackson’s six seasons in the minor leagues, he has hit .268/.338/.363 with 27 home runs, 203 runs batted in and 104 doubles in 2459 career plate appearances. In twenty games played between parts of two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals‘ major-league squad, Jackson managed to get two hits in 24 at-bats (.083/.120/.083).
The acquisition of Jackson allows the Royals to finally give starting shortstop Alcides Escobar a chance to rest every now and then. Escobar played in all 162 regular season games and all 15 postseason games. He also provides Kansas City depth at third base and second base.