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Austin Jackson | Outfielder | #10

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Austin Jackson is hitting .184/.205/.211 in 38 at-bats after going hitless in Monday's loss.
It's anyone's guess whether the White Sox would be better off if Adam LaRoche had stuck around, but his replacements certainly aren't doing much. Avisail Garcia, who has been doing most of the DHing with Jackson pushing Adam Eaton to right, is hitting .171/.261/.341 in 41 at-bats. The White Sox will stay patient with Jackson, but they do have alternatives (not great alternatives, but alternatives nonetheless) if Garcia continues to struggle. Apr 19 - 12:12 AM

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Austin Jackson is starting in center field and batting ninth for the White Sox versus the Indians on Friday.

Jackson didn't start Thursday, as J.B. Shuck played left field and Adam Eaton slid over to center. He's back in there in this one, though, and will have a tough task against Danny Salazar.
Apr 8 - 12:20 PM

Austin Jackson slugged a grand slam against the Mariners on Friday.

The White Sox were held scoreless by Felix Hernandez, but Jackson took Justin De Fratus deep in the seventh to finally get them on the board. The 29-year-old is batting just .192 (5-for-26) during Cactus League play, but the White Sox signed him last month with the idea of using him as their primary center fielder this season.
Mar 25 - 7:36 PM

White Sox signed OF Austin Jackson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

Jackson passed his physical without any issues and will be in White Sox camp on Monday. It still remains unclear exactly how he'll be utilized, but his arrival is terrible news for the fantasy outlook of Avisail Garcia. Jackson is a better defender in center field than anyone on the current White Sox roster, so he figures to get most of his starts there. Adam Eaton would shift to right, with Melky Cabrera handling the bulk of playing time in left.
Mar 6 - 9:11 PM

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Austin Jackson turned down more money from the Angels to sign with the White Sox because they offered him the chance to play center field.

The Angels were only interested in Jackson to play left field, as Mike Trout is firmly planted in the middle of their outfield for the next decade. A once-elite defender, Jackson is more than capable of patrolling center field at U.S. Cellular Field. If he starts there, it would shift Adam Eaton to right field.
Mar 6 - 6:10 PM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.

The White Sox have been in the market for weeks looking for an upgrade to their outfield and now they have secured the top remaining option. It was a nice slow-play on the part of general manager Rick Hahn. Jackson will likely take over as Chicago's primary center fielder, shifting Adam Eaton to right. Melky Cabrera will start most games in left, with Avisail Garcia either riding the pine or drawing regular playing time at Triple-A Charlotte.
Mar 6 - 5:56 PM

Anthony Castrovince of doesn't see the Indians doing "anything else of significance in the marketplace."

Castrovince specifically said Cleveland won't be going after Austin Jackson or Jay Bruce. The Indians are thin on outfielders right now but it looks like they're going to address the situation internally. The Angels offered Jackson a one-year deal last month but he turned it down. The 29-year-old hit .267/.311/.385 with nine homers and 10 steals across 136 games last season.
Mar 3 - 10:37 PM

Free agent Austin Jackson recently turned down a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $5-6 million from the Angels, according to Alden Gonzalez of

The Angels made their offer but Jackson and his agent, Scott Boras, were seeking more money, prompting the Angels to walk away. It's good to stick to your guns, but in the process the Angels seem destined to start the season with Daniel Nava and/or Craig Gentry manning left field. As for Jackson, he remains among a group of free agent outfielders (Alex Rios, Will Venable, Shane Victorino) still looking for jobs as camps are opening.
Feb 25 - 7:03 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Indians "seem to be considering" Austin Jackson.

It's a fit that makes a lot of sense on paper. The Indians are currently planning to start Abraham Almonte in center field and are generally hurting for outfield depth, especially with Michael Brantley (shoulder) slated to get a late start to the season. Jackson's production has been down the last two seasons (.261/.310/.364), but he just turned 29 and could make for a solid buy-low signing. Heyman also lists the White Sox, Angels, Brewers and perhaps the Rangers as potential landing spots for the outfielder.
Feb 19 - 4:58 PM

The Brewers, Angels and Rangers have "kicked the tires" on free agent Austin Jackson, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Crasnick also suggests a reunion with the Cubs could happen for the right price. Jackson hasn't generated a ton of buzz this winter, but with most of the big-ticket free agents off the board his market could start to pick up. It's not as though Jackson was terrible in 2015, batting .267/.311/.385 with nine homers and 17 steals. He could be a nice under-the-radar pickup for some team.
Jan 21 - 4:09 PM

The Royals have considered free agent Austin Jackson if they're unable to re-sign Alex Gordon, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman noted the Royals' preference for strong outfield defense as one of the things drawing the club to the 28-year-old. Jackson was decent, if unspectacular, in 2015, slashing .267/.311/.385 with nine homers and 17 steals between the Mariners and Cubs. His market has been stock-still to this point.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 06:09:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Reds.

Jackson opened the scoring in the contest when he hit a three-run homer off Reds starter Jake Lamb in the third inning. It was his first home run since joining the Cubs at the end of August. In 65 at-bats with his new team, he's picked up 15 hits, with over half of them going for extra bases. He's also driven in eight runs in his last two games. The 28-year-old outfielder must feel like he's won the lottery now that he's escaped a nowhere-bound Mariners club.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI as the Cubs easily defeated the Reds on Wednesday.

Jackson put the Cubs up 2-1 with a two-run double in the third inning. He'd add an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run single in the eighth as the Cubs ran away with the game. Productive nights have been few and far between for Jackson since coming over from the Mariners at the end of August. He's hitting .226/.284/.339 with seven RBI in 67 plate appearances.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Saturday against the Pirates.

Jackson continues to struggle with the Cubbies. He's batting just .196/.250/.286 in 60 plate appearances since coming over from the Mariners at the end of August.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Cubs acquired OF Austin Jackson and cash considerations from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later and international slot No. 98.

Jackson is hitting just .272/.312/.387 this season, but he gives the Cubs more depth and offers them another option in the outfield with Jorge Soler (oblique) injured. He's slated to hit free agency after the season.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 06:10:00 PM

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C1Alex Avila
2Dioner Navarro
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Carlos Sanchez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Adam Eaton
2Jerry Sands
DH1Avisail Garcia
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2Jose Quintana
3John Danks
4Carlos Rodon
5Mat Latos
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Duke
4Zach Putnam
5Matt Albers
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings