This one went down right at the midnight deadline. Or maybe even after. But we’re not ones to tattle.
According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Red Sox have sent right-handed relief prospect Jason Rice to the A’s for outfield-first baseman Conor Jackson.
Jackson, 29, has batted just .249/.315/.342 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 368 plate appearances this season for Oakland. He doesn’t play great defense, but he has experience in right field, left field, and at first base and third. The Red Sox are expected to use him as a super utilityman down the stretch.
Rice, a 25-year-old former 11th-round draft pick, has posted a 3.69 ERA and 89/42 K/BB ratio in 85 1/3 innings this year at the Triple-A level. He doesn’t have great control, but his fastball velocity is strong and he has the potential to become a decent middle reliever if he can develop a secondary pitch.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”