Cubs trade former top prospect, first-round pick Brett Jackson to Diamondbacks

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While the Cubs wait for their current array of stud prospects to reach the majors together they traded away a former top prospect, dealing 2009 first-round draft pick Brett Jackson to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A reliever Blake Cooper.

Jackson cracked Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list in 2010, 2011, and 2012–ranking 35th overall in the final year–and made his MLB debut as a 23-year-old in 2012. However, the outfielder hit just .175 with 59 strikeouts in 44 games and hasn’t been back to the majors.

This season at Triple-A he hit .210 with a .646 OPS in 81 games and he wasn’t much better last year, batting .223 with a .667 OPS in 61 games. Jackson is now 25 and the Cubs are so convinced he no longer has any upside that they were willing to deal him for a 26-year-old non-prospect with a 6.00 ERA as a Triple-A reliever.

Prospects, man. They’ll break your heart.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.