Pirates Have Also Checked on Conor Jackson

 

The Pirates have shown interest in two Oakland bats.

Earlier today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates had been evaluating Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Willingham.  Jerry Crasnick reports tonight that the Pirates have also checked on Oakland first baseman Conor Jackson, as well as Willingham.  Jackson is currently hitting for a .243/.316/.313 line in 230 at-bats.  In his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks he hit for a .277/.358/.423 line, although most of that production came in 2006-2008.

Jackson plays first base, but also has played the outfield in his major league career.  He’s very strong defensively at first base, and decent in right field.  As for power, in his best years he was good for 12-15 homers a year, so he’s not much of a power threat.  He does have some platoon splits, with an .841 OPS against left handers, and a .728 OPS against right handers in his career.  This year he has a .743 OPS against left handers, and a .561 OPS against right handers.

Jackson is making $3.2 M this year, in his final year before free agency.  He’d make about $1.05 M of that over the final two months of the season.  He’s about a 1.0 WAR player, giving him a value of $0.7 M the rest of the year.  That’s the value of a Grade C hitting prospect, which isn’t much.  Like Willingham, Jackson would only make sense as a bench option.  However, he might not even make sense in that role, as the Pirates have Steve Pearce rehabbing in AAA, due back possibly by the end of the week, and currently tearing up AAA pitching.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    I don’t understand why we are looking at players that aren’t better than one’s we have.  Overbay is a .240 hitter with 15 HR seasons and above avg D…why would we trade to get another??

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAH4DKCURJYHBMKZIAASB6DP44 VincentR

      Amen!

  • Anonymous

    I agree, if they aren’t going to go out and get an obvious improvement, just go with what you have. I’m sure the Smizik crowd would moan about it, but let’s face it, I’m not certain Willingham or Jackson are better than what we have.

  • http://twitter.com/foxsharky Luke

    Please no putrid A’s. They are all awful except for maybe Suzuki. He would be the only one worthy of becoming a Bucco right now. Whats next, inquiring about Kevin Kouzmanoff? Pearce is all we need right now I can’t wait till he gets back from his rehab stint. It was really starting to look like he was turning the corner right before he went down. Judging by the way he’s mashing at Indy he is more than ready to go. Use him as a super utility guy at 1st, 3rd, and RF. He can do it all.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Luke. If Pearce can avoid injury he’ll be a solid player, and possibly more than that. I love it too that he’s “get some dirt on the uniform” kind of player!