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Austin Jackson | Outfielder | #16

Team: New York Mets
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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Austin Jackson's RBI-double in the bottom of the 13th inning produced the only run of a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Michael Conforto led off the bottom half of the 13th inning with a single and moved to second on a Jack Reinheimer walk. Jackson then thumped a double in the gap for the walk-off victory. The part-time outfielder is slashing .247/.301/.328 with three homers and 32 RBI in 372 plate appearances for the Giants and Mets this year. He hasn't been useful in fantasy leagues for the last several seasons. Sep 30 - 12:07 AM

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Making his first start in three days, Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday.

Jackson is 9-for-66 with a 27/2 K/BB ratio in September, so the Mets have curtailed his playing time some, though perhaps not as much as they should have. After all, Jackson is a free agent this winter and he shouldn't be in the team's plans for 2019.
Sep 25 - 11:59 PM

Austin Jackson isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

Brandon Nimmo will make the start in center field while Jay Bruce plays right field and Michael Conforto is in left. Dominic Smith is make another start at first base.

Austin Jackson tallied a pair of hits Wednesday in the Mets’ victory over Chicago.

He singled in the first inning and later scored on a two-out grand slam by Todd Frazier. Jackson was at it again in the seventh, this time driving in a run with an RBI single to center field. He scored later that inning on a pinch-hit triple by Jose Reyes as the Mets stretched their lead to 8-1. The journeyman outfielder has had a productive month, hitting .306 with six doubles and 11 RBI over 108 August at-bats.
Aug 29 - 5:52 PM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single Friday against the Phillies.

Jackson is now batting an even .400 (28-for-70) since joining the Mets. He’s slugged two homers while driving in 10 runs and scoring 10 runs during that time. It was hard to see this coming after his struggles with the Giants. The playing time is there for Jackson right now, but we just don’t see him keeping it going long enough to be worth the investment in mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 17 - 9:36 PM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored Friday against the Marlins.

Jackson had two singles and a double. He’s now batting .472 (17-for-36) with two homers, three doubles, and nine RBI in 12 games since joining the Mets. It’s quite the change of pace from the .242/.309/.295 batting he had over 165 plate appearances with the Giants this season. The Mets are giving Jackson regular at-bats in center field, but he’s more of a NL-only league option.
Aug 10 - 10:11 PM

Austin Jackson finished 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Mets' defeat of the Reds on Wednesday.

Jackson opened the afternoon's scoring with an RBI double off Robert Stephenson in the bottom of the second inning before adding an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth and another RBI double in the bottom of the eighth. He's been playing excellent ball since signing with the Mets in late July, but the regression monster figures to show up eventually.
Aug 8 - 3:42 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a walk in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

There wasn't much offense to be found in this one -- a 1-0 victory by the Mets -- but Jackson was able to reach three times. With a .248/.318/.301 line over 153 at-bats in 2018, you shouldn't expect to see him do this many more times over the final two-plus months of the season.
Jul 29 - 4:52 PM

Mets signed OF Austin Jackson to a one-year contract.

Jackson will replenish some depth with Yoenis Cespedes (heels) and Jay Bruce (hip) sidelined and Jose Bautista likely to be traded. The veteran outfielder has batted an ugly .242/.309/.295 in 59 games this season.
Jul 27 - 4:02 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Mets have signed Austin Jackson.

Multiple others are reporting that it will be a major league contract. With Yoenis Cespedes (heels) and Juan Lagares (foot) done for the season and Jay Bruce (hip) still sidelined, the Mets are running short on outfield depth. Jackson has batted only .242/.309/.295 in 59 games this season.
Jul 27 - 11:11 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Giants and Red Sox have interest in free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.

The Giants just traded the veteran outfielder to the Rangers in a salary dump a couple of weeks ago, but they have interest in bringing him back into the fold. As for the Red Sox, Jackson would be nothing more than a depth signing, though team president Dave Dombrowski does have a working relationship with Jackson from their days together in Detroit.
Jul 22 - 4:32 PM

Rangers released OF Austin Jackson.

It had been their intention all along after acquiring Jackson last week from the Giants in a salary dump. The veteran outfielder will look to latch on elsewhere, on what will probably have to be a minor league deal at this point.
Jul 14 - 3:33 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Rangers will place Austin Jackson on release waivers on Saturday.

The 31-year-ol was acquired from the Giants in what was essentially a salary dump last week. He'll pass through waivers unclaimed and become a free agent. Jackson was hitting just .242/.309/.295 in 165 plate appearances with the Giants.
Jul 13 - 9:46 PM

Rangers designated OF Austin Jackson for assignment.

Texas just acquired Jackson from the Giants on Sunday as part of a three-player deal. He did not appear in a game for the team. The 31-year-old outfielder was batting just .242/.309/.295 through 165 plate appearances this season with San Francisco and will likely pass through waivers unclaimed because he's owed around $4.5 million through the end of next year.
Jul 11 - 12:24 PM

Rangers acquired OF Austin Jackson, RHPs Cody Gearrin and RHP Jason Bahr and cash from the Giants for a player to be named later or cash.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News says that the Rangers have told Jackson to hold off on reporting to the club, as it sounds like they could flip him to another team or release him. In other words, this deal was about Texas absorbing Jackson's salary in order to add a solid reliever and pitching prospect. Jackson is batting only .242/.309/.295 this season and is still owed roughly $4.5 million through the end of next year.
Jul 8 - 1:15 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kevin Plawecki
2Devin Mesoraco
3Tomas Nido
4Jose Lobaton
5Travis d'Arnaud
1B1Jay Bruce
2Wilmer Flores
3Dominic Smith
4Phillip Evans
2B1Jeff McNeil
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Jack Reinheimer
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Michael Conforto
2Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Austin Jackson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Jason Vargas
5Zack Wheeler
6Corey Oswalt
7Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Anthony Swarzak
2Robert Gsellman
3Seth Lugo
4Jerry Blevins
5Drew Smith
6Tyler Bashlor
7Bobby Wahl
8Paul Sewald
9Daniel Zamora
10Tim Peterson
11Eric Hanhold
12Drew Gagnon
13A.J. Ramos