CLEVELAND (AP/CBS) — The Boston Red Sox acquired first baseman-outfielder Conor Jackson from the Oakland Athletics to add an experienced bat to their roster.
The Red Sox completed the deal just before the waiver deadline Wednesday night to get Jackson. The Red Sox also got cash in the trade.
Jackson hit .249 with four homers and 38 RBIs in 102 games for Oakland. He will contend with right-fielder Josh Reddick fir playing time, and will give Boston morte insurance if JD Drew cannot return.
Boston sent minor-league right-hander Jason Rice to the Athletics. Rice was 4-5 with four saves and a 3.69 ERA at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jackson has postseason experience. He played in the playoffs for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007, going 4 for 17 (.235) with two RBIs in six games over two series.
To make room for Jackson on the roster, reliever Bobby Jenks was moved from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.
Boston also signed outfielder Joey Gathright, who was playing in the independent league. He last played in the majors in 2009, when he made the Red Sox postseason roster as a pinch-runner.
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