Rangers Sign Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel

The Rangers signed outfielder/first baseman Conor Jackson and left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to minor league contracts, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan tweets. The deals include invitations to big league Spring Training.

Jackson posted a .244/.310/.341 line in 390 plate appearances with the Athletics and Red Sox in 2011. The 29-year-old SFX client played all four corner positions last year. Jackson, a right-handed hitter, owns a .283/.381/.436 career line against left-handed pitching, so he could spell left-handed hitters such as Mitch Moreland, Josh Hamilton and David Murphy if he makes the MLB roster.

Beimel, 34, posted a 5.33 ERA with 6.0 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a 41.2% ground ball rate in 25 1/3 innings in 2011. The Pirates signed the Joe Sroba client to a minor league deal last January and released him in August. The Rangers don't have much in the way of experienced left-handed relief after losing Darren Oliver and Mike Gonzalez via free agency.

14 Responses to Rangers Sign Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel Leave a Reply

  1. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

    Next up, Mike Gonzalez.

  2. chico65 3 years ago

    I remember one great catch he made against the O’s in September, too bad he didn’t have more of those moments…probably because he tried to run through the fence.

  3. Tyler 3 years ago

    Connor Jackson looks like one of my bosses. I just hope he isnt a big tool like him. haha

  4. rockfordone 3 years ago

    There are two guys who’s careers went south in a hurry.

  5. TeamCropDusters 3 years ago

    I like the pickup… Jackson can spell Moreland at 1B against tough lefties while still having the versatility to play LF.

    Beimel was a solid LH RP for a few years, a few years ago, and could rediscover that form.

    We desperately need a Utility Infielder. One of Bill Hall, Felipe Lopez, or Aaron Miles would be a solid addition.

    • dudeidontcare 3 years ago

      I would love to see Aaron Miles in a Rangers uniform, I was kind of hoping they’d get Ryan Theriot before he said with the Giants but they really need someone, right now there’s not really any options except Alberto Gonzalez.

    • Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

      Michael Young is technically the Rangers UIF. But he can’t play SS so yeah, we need somebody else. Bill Hall has only played 6 games at shortstop in the last 4 seasons so he’s out. Miles would probably come cheaper than Lopez, as well. If they can’t get anybody else, get ready for them to start bringing a few minor league spares (see: Omar Quintanilla last year).

  6. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

    Because signing two guys automatically means that LAA will be 15 games better next season.

  7. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

    Not sure if serious..

  8. Chillin_in_California 3 years ago

    The smiley face was there to show it was sarcasm. Do you know sarcasm when you see it?

  9. Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

    The guy’s from California. More likely to be an Angels fan than a Rangers fan.

  10. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

    only when it’s expressed in an emoticon..(there’s your sarcasm)

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