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Braves acquire Alex Jackson as part of four-player trade with Mariners

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The Braves announced on Monday night that the club acquired minor league outfielder Alex Jackson and a player to be named later from the Mariners in exchange for pitchers Rob Whalen and Max Povse. The Mariners designated pitcher Ryan Weber for assignment to open roster space.

Jackson, 20, was selected by the Mariners in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2014 draft. In his second season at Single-A Clinton, Jackson hit .243/.332/.408 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 381 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated Jackson as the sixth-best prospect in the Mariners’ system.

Whalen, 22, made his major league debut this past season, making five starts. He yielded 20 runs (18 earned) on 20 hits and 12 walks with 25 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He will most likely open the season with Triple-A Tacoma.

Povse, 23, split the season between High-A Carolina and Double-A Mississippi, putting up a 3.36 ERA and a 139/29 K/BB ratio in 158 innings. The right-hander could potentially open the year at Triple-A Tacoma as well.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.