Sox Sign Veteran Jackson, Make Six Other Roster Moves…
With the Knights set to open on Thursday, and the Sox set to kick-off the season on Friday, things are still taking shape for Charlotte, however. As we near the Knights season opener, things should get clearer in the next couple of days.
In all, seven players were moved around today as the Sox trimmed their roster to 25. Let’s take a look at some of those moves, including the signing of a former first-round pick.
Conor Jackson –
Jackson, 29, was signed by the White Sox earlier today as a minor league free agent. The Austin, Texas native was in camp with the Rangers this spring, but was released on March 26.
A former first-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2003, Jackson has spent parts of the last seven seasons in the Majors — six with Arizona. During his time as a D’back, the former University of California (Berkeley) product compiled a .277 batting average with 46 home runs and 247 RBIs over 526 games. His best season came in 2007 when he hit .284 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs.
Last year, Jackson split time in the Majors with Oakland and Boston. He combined to hit .244 with five home runs and 43 RBIs in 114 games. Over the course of his seven-year Major League career, Jackson has played first base, third base, left field, right field, and DH.
Dylan Axelrod –
The Sox assigned Axelrod to the Knights on Saturday. The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in four games for the White Sox last season and posted a 1-0 mark with a 2.89 ERA.
Axelrod began the 2011 season with Double-A Birmingham and went 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA over 11 games. The California native appeared in 15 games for Charlotte a season ago and went 6-1 with a 2.27 ERA. All 15 of his appearances with the Knights were as a starter.
Other moves on Saturday:
The White Sox also reassigned RHP Brian Bruney, C Hector Gimenez, INF Rey Olmedo, LHP Leyson Septimo and LHP Eric Stults to minor-league camp.