Brewers Acquire Jay Jackson From the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded pitcher Jay Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations. The 26-year-old right-hander has pitched all season at Indianapolis, posting a 4.89 ERA over 84.2 innings. Jackson was signed as a minor league free agent in the off-season. He has been used in both relief and as a starter, making 12 starts and 13 relief appearances. He has 87 strikeouts, a .270 BAA and an 0.65 GO/AO ratio.

Jackson’s player page can be found here.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

Share This Post On
  • Doug

    Cheap Nutting

  • japple2298

    Why not get our rule 5 pitcher back in this deal ??? That is if the rules permit that kind of move….

    • John Dreker

      Jackson has less than a month of control left, while Wei-Chung Wang has six years of control left and chances are, he is going to the minors for the next two years, so he can get stretched out and get some pitching in.

      • smurph

        Yes, but why give him to the first place team in your division who just put one of their starters on the DL? There was no other team they could give him to?

        • John Dreker

          Jackson was expendable. He’s a AAA pitcher with no Major League experience, who isn’t on the 40 man roster and isn’t pitching good. There is a very good chance he is just filling a roster and won’t pitch after the AAA season ends in less than four weeks

        • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

          I agree with you smurph. Why do you trade a serviceable (?) pitcher to your competition for basically nothing?

          • WTM

            Because he’s serviceable only at the AAA level. This deal is completely irrelevant to the major league teams.

          • John Dreker

            The simple answer is that you don’t and they didn’t. They traded at AAA pitcher to a team that probably needed to fill a hole at AAA. It’s possible that Jackson may have been released to make room for Josh Wall’s return after he cleared waivers and something was better than nothing. I think a lot of people are overlooking Jackson’s stats and track record and assuming AAA= ML help.

    • Lee Young

      that ship has sailed…plus Jackson NE Wang

  • bucsws2014

    Brewers probably need Jackson for AAA depth since they promoted someone to take Garza’s place. BUT… if somehow Jackson ends up beating the Bucs in a game in September, you know Neal will never hear the end of this. Especially since it was just for cash.

    • John Dreker

      I’m sure the Pirates would like nothing more than the Brewers needing to use a pitcher with no major league experience, who is struggling at AAA.

      • bucsws2014

        Fair response. But do note the Bucs have also failed against a few September callups in recent past.

        • John Dreker

          Jackson is just a random AAA arm at this point. If the Pirates didn’t have a use for him in AAA, then what are the chances the Brewers will have a use for him in the Majors and he ends up doing something against the Pirates? He would need to be added to the 40 man roster, which probably means they had some other sort of problems that led to that. To put things in better perspective for you, the only four pitchers with worse ERA’s this year for Indianapolis, aren’t in the farm system anymore.

        • WTM

          I hope they DO bring him up. The guy has a 4.89 ERA in AAA.

  • R Edwards

    I guess this is the first indicator that we’ve given up on the season and are now sellers! :)

  • IC Bob

    Nonevent. No one should care other then Jackson.

  • freddylang

    I can’t believe the stuff people can b@!ch and complain about. Bring on Jackson in Sept!!!

    • csnumber23

      Agreed! It is quite pathetic to see sometimes.