The baseball offseason is a time for blockbuster deals. It’s also a time for teams to acquire organization depth.
On Wednesday, the Royals acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations.
It’s been a lost year for Jackson, who is with his fifth franchise in a little over a year.
Jackson was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He appeared in 20 games in 2012-13 for St. Louis, with two hits and one walk in 25 plate appearances (.083 average).
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After the 2013 season, Jackson was claimed off waivers by the Astros in November. A month later, he was traded to the Padres. A right wrist injury limited him to six games at Class AAA El Paso, where he hit .188 (three for 16).
The Dodgers claimed him off waivers on Nov. 3.
Baseball America ranked Jackson as the Cardinals’ No. 13 overall prospect following the 2011 season. The publication also rated him as the top defensive infield prospect for St. Louis after the 2009-11 seasons.