Brandon Jacobs hasn’t reached the majors yet, but he has already been the part of two major league trades.
The former Parkview baseball and football standout joins the Arizona 40-man roster after being included in the three-team deal involving the Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels.
Jacobs was dealt to the White Sox by Boston last July for veteran lefty reliever Matt Thornton and this time he joins Arizona along with former Angels slugger Mark Trumbo.
Center fielder Adam Eaton went from Arizona to the White Sox in the deal and the Angels received two left-handed starting pitchers — Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks and Hector Santiago from the White Sox.
Jacobs, who turned 23 on Dec. 8, will head to major league spring training for the first time, but will likely start the 2014 back in the Class AA Southern League.
This time it will be Mobile rather than Birmingham, though. Mobile fell to Jacobs’ Birmingham team in the Southern League Championship Series in September.
The right-handed hitting outfielder batted a combined .244 with 33 doubles, 13 homers and 66 RBIs in 123 games with three teams last season, including two in the Boston system.
Jacobs, a former Auburn football signee, was ranked as the White Sox’s No. 8 prospect by MLB.com after being No. 11 with the Red Sox. He was a 10th-round draft pick in 2009 by Boston and received a bonus of $750,000 to forsake football.
Jacobs recently spent nearly two months in Arizona, playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. He hit .256 with two homers and five RBIs in 13 games.