Originally written on Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest  |  Last updated 11/9/14

A reunion with Wally Backman might be just what Conor Jackson’s career needs. Worth a shot.

— Gotham Baseball (@GothamBaseball) March 26, 2012

Interesting point brought up by Gotham Baseball.

Jackson was released by the Texas Rangers this week. Although they needed a right handed hitting outfielder, Jackson struggled with the bat going 3 for 33 in Cactus League action. Ron Washington told MLB.com ”We just don’t have room for him. He needs to get at-bats and play. It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty and we didn’t have a spot for him.”

Jackson has never been the same since he contracted Valley Fever, the same illness that afflicts Ike Davis , in 2009. It took a toll as Jackson admitted to losing 35 pounds and sleeping 12-13 hours a day.

Despite the struggles the last three seasons, Jackson has a career .283 batting average and .818 OPS against LH. He can play both the infield and outfield corner positions. Two of the Mets best hitters (Davis, Duda) are left handed. I don’t get the sense the team is committed to either Adam Loewen or Mike Baxter as the fifth outfielder.

The major point is Jackson could be re-united with his former minor league manager, Wally Backman, in Buffalo. Perhaps Wally could turn a career around that appears to be on life support. It’s a union that makes sense for both sides.

Jackson is still young (29), and the Mets lack of depth makes it worth bringing in anyone who has some sort of upside on their resume.

From 2006-2008 Jackson hit .292 and averaged 14 HRs and 71 RBI a season with the Diamondbacks.


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