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Austin Jackson | Outfielder | #16

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / NYY
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Giants president of baseball operations Brian Sabean said Tuesday that Austin Jackson will "probably not" be the club's everyday center fielder.
The Giants inked Jackson to a two-year, $6 million contract on Monday, but the club is keeping an open mind on his ultimate role. Sabean said they'll continue to monitor low-salary trade options and will also consider prospect outfielder Steven Duggar. Jackson slashed .318/.387/.482 with the Indians last season, but most of his production was against lefties and he's not the defender he once was. He's better off in a fourth outfielder or platoon role. Jan 23 - 3:25 PM

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Giants signed OF Austin Jackson to a two-year, $6 million contract.

He'll have an opportunity to earn an addition $2.5 million in incentives. Jackson made the Indians' Opening Day roster last season after having to settle for a minor league contract, and he wound up hitting a robust .318/.387/.482 over 318 plate appearances. The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly hears that the Giants plan on Jackson being their fourth outfielder, as they're still on the lookout for a defensive upgrade in center field.
Jan 22 - 8:49 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to terms with Austin Jackson on a two-year, $6 million contract.

Heyman says the deal can be worth a total of $8.5 million if Jackson hits all of his incentives. Jackson had to settle for a minor league contract last winter after hitting just .260/.311/.361 over the previous three seasons, but he earned a multi-year deal after batting .318/.387/.482 in a part-time role with the Indians. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should handle the bulk of the at-bats in center field for the Giants, although he could eventually be pushed by Steven Duggar.
Jan 22 - 7:18 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians will meet Tuesday regarding free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.

Jackson quietly had a great 2017 with the Indians, batting .318/.387/.482 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 318 plate appearances. The 30-year-old would likely have at least a part-time role if he returns, but he could find a more appealing situation elsewhere.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in bringing back Austin Jackson "at the right price."

The 30-year-old outfielder had a career resurgence with the Tribe in 2017, slashing .318/.387/.482 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 318 plate appearances. Jackson earned just $1.5 million in Cleveland last year and will probably be seeking a raise this winter, even if it's on a one-year deal.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with a key stolen base and two runs scored in Friday's extra-inning win over the Yankees.

He walked while leading off the bottom of the 13th inning, then stole second base on a very close play that survived a replay review. He came around to score on a Yan Gomes walkoff single. Jackson hit .318 with seven homers and 35 RBI in a part-time role with the Indians this season.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 11:05:00 PM

Austin Jackson is starting in left field and batting seventh for the Indians in Friday's ALDS Game 2 versus the Yankees.

He's starting over Lonnie Chisenhall with the Yanks throwing southpaw CC Sabathia. Jason Kipnis is not only getting another start in center field but is also staying the No. 2 spot versus the left. The Indians' full lineup looks like this: Francisco Lindor SS, Kipnis CF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Carlos Santana 1B, Jay Bruce RF, Jackson LF, Yan Gomes C, Giovanny Urshela 3B.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 02:14:00 PM

Austin Jackson reached base safely four times and scored twice as the Indians routed the White Sox on Friday.

Jackson singled twice and drew a pair of walks, finishing the night 2-for-3. His run-scoring single got the Tribe on the board and ignited a six-run rally in the inning. The veteran outfielder is slashing a robust .321/.390/.487 with seven homers and 35 RBI in what has been an impressive bounceback season.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:31:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored against the Mariners on Saturday.

He rapped an RBI single in the third inning and also doubled and walked in the contest. Jackson has been an everyday starter of late for the Indians in the absence of Michael Brantley and Bradley Zimmer. He has a fantastic .324/.389/.500 slash line with seven homers and 34 RBI in 296 plate appearances in his first season with the Tribe.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 08:46:00 PM

Austin Jackson collected four singles with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's road win against the Angels.

Jackson has been quite the surprise for the Indians this season, hitting .316 across 250 at-bats over 77 games. His previous best was a .300 average back in 2012 with the Tigers, while he is a .274 career hitter overall. It's been a great run for Jackson, and the success of the Indians is rubbing off on him.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 02:53:00 AM

Austin Jackson clubbed a solo home run Tuesday against the White Sox.

Jackson took David Holmberg deep with one out in the top of the first inning to kick off the scoring. He later added a walk. The veteran outfielder has been a pleasant surprise for the Tribe this season, especially with Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall banged up.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with two runs scored on Sunday as the Indians crushed the Tigers 11-1.

Jackson is now hitting .318/.380/.495. If you saw him putting up this kind of line after watching him flail away with the Mariners, Cubs and White Sox the past few years, you're probably lying. He's been tremendous.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Indians topped the Royals on Friday.

Jackson delivered an RBI single during a two-run rally in the second inning that gave the Tribe an early lead. He also swiped a base, his second of the season, in the ballgame. He has proven to be a tremendous pickup for the Indians, slashing .314/.381/.489 with five homers and 27 RBI.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 10:04:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two walks Tuesday against the Twins.

There wasn't any interest in Jackson as a starting outfielder when he was a free agent last winter. One figures there will be this year, what with the 30-year-old hitting .323 with a .907 OPS in 161 at-bats. He's homered in back-to-back games.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 11:30:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth homer Sunday against the Rays.

The Jay Bruce acquisition figured to cost Jackson some playing time, but he's playing so well right now that the Indians have to get him into the lineup most of the time. He's batting .312 with an .873 OPS in 157 at-bats.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 05:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
3Aramis Garcia
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Miguel Gomez
4Alen Hanson
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Josh Rutledge
3B1Evan Longoria
2Pablo Sandoval
3Ryder Jones
4Andres Blanco
LF1Hunter Pence
2Jarrett Parker
3Austin Slater
4Mac Williamson
CF1Austin Jackson
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gregor Blanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Chris Stratton
5Ty Blach
6Tyler Beede
7Tyler Herb
8Chris Heston
9Derek Holland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Sam Dyson
3Hunter Strickland
4Will Smith
5Derek Law
6Cory Gearrin
7Steven Okert
8Josh Osich
9Pierce Johnson
10Julian Fernandez
11Reyes Moronta
12DJ Snelten
13Roberto Gomez