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Published: Thursday, 12/11/2008

Tigers trade Joyce to get Rays Jackson


LAS VEGAS The Tigers acquired right-hander Edwin Jackson from the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday for outfielder Matt Joyce, Detroit s second trade in three days at the winter meetings.

Jackson is set to join a rotation alongside Justin Verlander, Armando Galarraga and Jeremy Bonderman, who had surgery in late June to correct a condition that caused a blood clot in his pitching arm.

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski has filled two of the Tigers biggest offseason needs after trading for catcher Gerald Laird on Monday. Laird was acquired from the Rangers in a swap that sent right-handed pitching prospects Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo to Texas.

The 25-year-old Jackson went 14-11 with a 4.42 ERA in 31 starts and 32 appearances for the AL champion Rays this season, pitching a career-best 1831/3 innings. He spent three seasons with Tampa Bay following three for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Tigers also were working to complete a one-year contract worth about $1 million for shortstop Adam Everett after he worked out for the team.

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