The Cubs traded OF Brett Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks late Thursday night for RHP Blake Cooper after Arizona claimed Jackson off waivers from the Cubs. Jackson was assigned to Triple-A Reno in Arizona’s system.
RHP Blake Cooper was pitching for Triple-A Reno at the time of the trade. The 26-year old right hander was 1-0 in 17 relief appearances with a 6.00 Era and a 1.75 WHIP. Cooper was 3-2 for Double-A Mobile earlier in the year in 24 appearances out of the pen with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
With the Cubs trading Brett Jackson to Arizona, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 39 players. Blake Cooper was not on Arizona’s 40-man roster.
The Cubs selected Brett Jackson in the first round of the 2009 draft (31st overall pick) and the former top prospect in the Cubs system was not able to get back on track with Triple-A Iowa this season. After spending a majority of 2013 on the DL, Jackson played in only 81 games for Iowa this year and hit .210/.298/.348 with eight doubles, four triples, five home runs and a .646 OPS. Jackson struck out 94 times in 252 at bats with 24 walks.
Brett Jackson should benefit getting a fresh start with an organization that obviously sees something in him. Jackson has the tools to be a successful player at the big league level.