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Braves acquire OF Preston Tucker from Astros, designate Luke Jackson for assignment

Atlanta acquires an outfielder from Houston

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Preston Tucker from the Houston Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations the team announced on Wednesday.

Tucker spent all of the 2017 season in Triple-A hitting .250/.333/.465 with 24 home runs and 20 doubles. He was selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of the University of Florida. Tucker appeared in 98 games with the Astros in 2015 and hit .243 with 13 home runs. He struggled in 2016 hitting just .164 with four homers in 48 games at the major league level.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated right handed pitcher Luke Jackson for assignment. Atlanta acquired Jackson in December of 2016 in a trade with the Rangers that also involved Tyrell Jenkins. Jackson appeared in 43 games for the Braves in 2017 posting a 4.62 ERA and a 4.24 FIP.

Tucker adds another name to Atlanta’s outfield picture.

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