In a flurry of offseason activity not seen in these parts in a few years, the Padres made two big moves today: Signing right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit and then trading 1B/OF Jesus Guzman to the Houston Astros for IF Ryan Jackson.
From the press release on Padres.com:
Jackson, 25, was recently acquired off outright waivers by the Astros from the St. Louis Cardinals on November 20. The right-handed hitter posted a .278 (123-for-442) batting average with 19 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 34 RBI, 49 runs scored and a .352 on-base percentage over 121 games for Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization this past season, spending a majority of his time at shortstop.
I like this deal. It’s frees up a role that Guzman shared with Kyle Blanks last season, giving Blanks a chance to excel. And it gives the Padres a backup shortstop if anything goes wrong with Everth Cabrera. And, seeing as how Jackson can play all over the infield… https://twitter.com/GhostofRAK/status/413445817052061696 Your move, Josh Byrnes.