Updated 6:30pm CDT – The Cubs announced the deal that acquired OF Austin Jackson from the Mariners.
The Cubs acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Seattle Mariners for international signing bonus slot number four ($211,100) and a player to be named. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.
With Monday’s roster moves, the 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players.
According to multiple reports, the Cubs have acquired OF Austin Jackson and cash from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later and International slot money.
Reports out of Seattle are indicating the Cubs will send a PTBNL and an international slot to the Mariners for Austin Jackson.
OF Austin Jackson is batting .272/.312/.387 in 107 games for the Mariners this season. Jackson has 18 doubles, three triples and eight home runs of a .699 OPS in 448 plate appearances. Jackson was traded to the Mariners at the deadline a year ago from the Tigers.
In five year in Detroit, Austin Jackson batted .277/.342/.413 with a .755 OPS. Jackson is a free agent at the end of the year and is making $7.7 million this season.
According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs are sending the fourth international slot ($211,100) and a player to be named later for Jackson. The Cubs will receive cash from the Mariners to help cover the remaining money owed to Jackson this year.
The Cubs will have to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Austin Jackson.
Updated 6:22pm CDT – According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs will pay $1 million of Jackson’s remaining salary. Austin Jackson is owed around $1.5 million, the Mariners are playing just under $500,000.
Austin Jackson, 28, has batted .272 (114-for-419) with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season with Seattle, and has hit .394 (28-for-71) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 runs scored in his last 18 games. The right-handed hitter owns a .294 average (42-for-143) against lefties and a .261 mark (72-for-276) against right-handed pitchers. Jackson ranks sixth in the American League with 4.18 pitches per plate appearance.
Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 (908-for-3,320) with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field. Among American League outfielders since 2010, Jackson ranks first in triples (47), second in runs scored (512), third in hits (908), seventh in doubles (163) and ninth in walks (293). He has appeared in at least 120 games in his first five seasons in the majors and is on pace to reach that mark again in 2015.
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 203-pound Jackson was acquired by the Mariners from Detroit at the trade deadline last season, and appeared in a career-high 154 games between the two clubs. He batted .256 (153-for-597) with 30 doubles and 20 steals, marking his third career season with 30 or more doubles and third campaign with at least 20 steals.
Jackson made his debut in 2010 with Detroit and led all American League rookies with 103 runs scored, 181 hits, 48 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases. In 2012, he batted .300 (163-for-543) in 137 games, setting career marks in RBI (66) and walks (67). Jackson appeared in 35 career postseason games with the Tigers, batting .233 (31-for-133) with 10 extra-base hits across three playoff appearances from 2011-13.
A native of Denton, Texas, Jackson was originally selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 June Draft. He spent his first five seasons in the Yankees organization, appearing in all three outfield positions, before being traded to the Tigers, December 9, 2009, along with Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy for Curtis Granderson.
Mike Olt, 27, appeared in six games with Chicago before he landed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of his right wrist, suffered April 11 in Colorado. Olt was acquired from Texas, July 22, 2013, in the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers, and last season hit .160 (36-for-225) with 12 home runs in 89 games for the Cubs.