The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Austin Jackson, as according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports on Sunday evening.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network was first to report that the two sides had a deal in place pending the approval of a physical examination. He has passed the physical given the fact that a club confirmation has been made to announce the transaction. Third baseman Mike Olt has been designated for assignment to clear a 25-man roster spot.
The 29-year-old will receive an invite to major league spring training where he will have the opportunity to fight for a starting spot in the outfield as it is likely he will be the club's everyday man in center.
As Heyman notes, Jackson will receive a total of $5MM over the lifetime of his contract. Multiple reports indicate that he could have gone elsewhere to a club like the Los Angeles Angels. who were the opposing team in his final choice mix given the substantial difference in money, however, they would have placed him in left with Mike Trout continuing on where he has had much success, and Jackson preferred to stay within the city of Chicago where he spent 2015 with the Cubs.
Jackson came up with the Detroit Tigers back in 2010 after having been drafted by the New York Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 amateur draft. He later signed in June of that season.
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The addition of Jackson introduces yet another star to an organization who seems to be on the right track in terms of strategy as he looks to bring some talent to a newly re-built ball club hoping to succeed a spot in October ball as he will be atop the starting lineup with guys such as Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier while also getting to share a field with them and others.
Looking at how he faired the past season, Jackson finished with a slash line of .236/.304/375 to go alongside one home run and 10 RBI's in a total of 29 games played and 79 plate appearances. Moving to Shy Town, he will focus on getting his body back to 100% as he looks to get re-acquainted with the playing time he has held in the past alongside Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, making up for what should be a brilliant display of the leather.
Jackson could very well be suited up for Chicago's game on Monday afternoon as they will be on the road to face the Angels at 2:10 PM ET with RHP Erik Johnson set to get the call to the bump against Halos lefty Hector Santiago.