Now you see him, now you don’t.
OK, actually you never did see him.
Wednesday the Dodgers moved the Dodger who never quite was, trading infielder Ryan Jackson to the Royals for cash.
Jackson will go down in history as the first player added as a Dodger by new President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. Also, the first player Friedman added and then traded away.
Twenty-three days ago Friedman claimed the 26-year-old from the Padres and added him to the 40-man roster. But then came a rush of middling pitching additions – Mike Bolsinger, Adam Liberatore, Joel Peralta and Juan Nicasio – and suddenly there was one too many on the 40-man.
Ryan Jackson, we hardly knew you. Actually we never knew him at all. He wasn’t even assigned a number.
Jackson has a .268 career batting average with 27 home runs and 203 RBI in 576 games in six minor league seasons. He appeared in 20 games with the Cardinals in 2012-13 in his only time in the majors.
Now for the second time in a little over three weeks, his future lies elsewhere.