Drew Jackson wasn’t a member of the Phillies organization for long. After taking the 25-year old infielder in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, the Phillies shipped him to Baltimore for international slot money and cash.
The move, along with selecting Oakland A’s infielder Richie Martin in the Rule 5 Draft, address an area of need on the infield for the Orioles. With Manny Machado on the free agent market and Tim Beckham being non-tendered by the O’s, the team has been looking for young infield talent. Jackson and Martin will fill that need.
The Orioles had built their slot money up to nearly $7-million in hopes of luring Cuban free agents Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr. and Sandy Gaston, but missed on all three. Like the Orioles, the Phillies have made attempts to build up their international slot money.