SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jesus Guzman. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.
Jackson, 25, was recently acquired off outright waivers by the Astros from the St. Louis Cardinals on November 20. The right-handed hitter posted a .278 (123-for-442) batting average with 19 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 34 RBI, 49 runs scored and a .352 on-base percentage over 121 games for Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization this past season, spending a majority of his time at shortstop. A native of Miami, Fla., he made his Major League debut for the Cardinals in 2012 and has played in parts of two seasons (2012-13) for St. Louis, hitting .083 (2-for-24) in 20 games played. Originally signed by the Cardinals as a fifth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami, Jackson has hit .270 (570-for-2115) with 103 doubles, nine triples, 27 home runs, 203 RBI, 264 runs scored and a .339 on-base percentage in 565 games played over parts of five minor league seasons (2009-13) in the Cardinals organization.
Guzman, 29, hit .226 (65-for-288) with 17 doubles, nine home runs, 35 RBI and 33 runs scored in 126 games for the Padres this past season. The Venezuelan native was signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent on November 20, 2010. Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2000, Guzman has hit .259 (218-for-842) with 57 doubles, four triples, 23 home runs, 127 RBI and 98 runs scored in 334 games over parts of four Major League seasons with the San Francisco Giants (2009) and Padres (2011-13).
With today's transaction, the Padres currently have a full 40-man roster.