Texas added some depth today, signing first baseman/corner outfielder Conor Jackson and left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training.
Jackson’s career was derailed by valley fever in 2009. At the time he was a 27-year-old former first-round pick with a .287 career batting average and .810 OPS in 454 games, but in three seasons since then he’s hit just .224 with a .635 OPS in 204 games.
He made $3.3 million last year while playing for the A’s and Red Sox, but will have to compete for a spot as a right-handed bench bat.
Beimel is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 2004, but he posted a sub-4.00 ERA every year from 2005-2010 and could be useful as a left-handed specialist or middle reliever. Texas has plenty of bullpen depth overall, but not much in the way of veteran southpaws.