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Austin Jackson (CF,RF)

Free Agent

Bats: R, Throws: R

The Cubs improved to 94-65 on the season with a 5-3 win over the Reds on Thursday. Austin Jackson provided the big blow with a three-run home run in the third inning. The home run was Jackson's ninth of the season and he's now batting .267.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson's home run was his first since coming over to the Cubs. His overall numbers are down from his career averages, but Jackson should be a decent contributor moving forward in the playoffs and next season.


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Austin Jackson traded to Cubs

Mon, Aug 31st 7:22pm EDT
By Dale Redman

The Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and cash from the Mariners for Chicago's last international bonus pool slot and a player to be named later. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight home runs, 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 107 games with Seattle this season. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs got Jackson for outfield depth as they wait for Jorge Soler to return from an oblique injury. Jackson figures to rotate manning right field with Chris Denorfia until Soler's return. He will also spell Dexter Fowler a bit in center. Not much fantasy value in A-Jax with the Cubs due to the inconsistent playing time for the rest of the season.


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Jackson put together a nice two hit game, adding a walk, two runs, and a RBI in the Mariners' 8-6 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: While his career has taken a massive downturn since coming to Seattle, Jackson's average is creeping up to decency at .259. A strong defensive CF with some upside, Jackson will likely get more chances, but if he is to have fantasy value it will likely have to be somewhere other than Seattle next year.


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Austin Jackson was not in the starting lineup Sunday, ceding his usual position in the starting lineup to prospect Ketel Marte, but entering the game late as a defensive substitute. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old CF should be in his prime, but has had an absolutely miserable time hitting since his trade to Seattle. While being a favorite of his longtime manager Lloyd McClendon has helped Jackson maintain a spot at the top of the Mariners lineup for much of the season, his subpar 82 wRC+ has helped the Mariners underachieve this season. With Jackson becoming a free agent this offseason, it seems likely that his role will continue to decline.


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Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with two singles, a run scored, and two stolen bases on Monday against the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: A-Jax hasn't had a remarkable season, but the two stolen bags did move him up to 10 thus far, and with a serviceable average (.256), and a few homers (4) he's on his way to a potential .260-10-20 season, which is about what fantasy owners should have expected or hoped for.


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Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts, and a grand slam HR against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: It was only the fourth home run of the season thus far for Jackson, but he made it a good one, giving the Mariners a big morale boost that helped them eventually win the game in extras. Jackson will try to use this momentum to repeat his successful June (.304 avg), as he's struggled thus far in July (.160 avg).


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Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with two singles and a strikeout against the Angels on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the eighth multi-hit game of the month for A-Jax, as he's batting .295 in June, raising his overall average from .236 to .261. The downside to Jackson is his lack of counting stats, but that should be corrected if he's healthy for the second half of the season. Keep him active in all but the most shallow of mixed leagues.


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Austin Jackson went 4-for-4 with two singles, two doubles, and a walk against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson also had a RBI and a run scored in the game, looking as good as he has all season. He's hard to trust, as his average was .244 before Tuesday's effort, but Jackson is worthy of a roster spot in AL-Only formats, even though his counting stats will likely continue to be low.


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The Seattle Mariners activated CF Austin Jackson from the DL following Monday's 4-1 victory of Tampa Bay. RP Danny Farquhar was sent to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a spot for Jackson. (Source: Evan Petzold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While the move surely solidifies the Mariners' lineup, it barely moves the needle from a fantasy perspective. Jackson had mustered only two home runs and four RBI before hitting the disabled list, but he did manage to steal five bases in only twenty-five games. Look for players like Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano, and Seth Smith to see even less playing time with Jackson and Nelson Cruz in the OF on a daily basis.


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Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list after rolling his ankle during Sunday's loss to the Houston Astros, according to Greg Johns of (Source: Greg Johns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson was already a pretty fringy fantasy player anyway, so this injury should probably cause him to be dropped in just about every league. Justin Ruggiano will likely get the majority of starts in center field with Jackson out, but is not a great fantasy play due to his inability to hit right-handed pitching.


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Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson went 1-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson showed what he can do if he gets on base, as he can grab a few steals and should have an opportunity to score a lot of runs. Unfortunatley, he's had a tough time doing so during his tenure in Seattle and his inability to hit for power limits his fantasy value. Only owners in deep leagues who really need help in the outfield should take a look.


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Austin Jackson was the lone bright spot Wednesday for the Mariners, who managed just three hits on the night. Jackson had two of those hits and he also added a walk to his stat line.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson is batting a healthy .313 average this season over his first four games. Last year Jackson struggled down the stretch for the Mariners, but has look good to start the year. He should have plenty of scoring opportunities at the top of the revamped Mariners lineup, as long as he can continue to get on base consistently.


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Both Austin Jackson and manager Lloyd McClendon (Jackson's hitting coach in Detroit previously) know the center fielder has more to offer than what was shown following a trade deadline deal. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners who projected Jackson, age 27 last season, to take a step towards a possible 20 HR/20 SB season last year, were disappointed by Jackson's efforts. The center fielder reached the 20 stolen base mark, but with only 4 home runs and a .256 batting average. Perhaps expecting further growth in the power department was an incorrect assumption considering Jackson has always shown league average power (career .128 ISO). Jackson's speed is legitimate however. While the Mariners as a team do not run wild, McClendon has shown he will allow his top of the order guys to run freely. James Jones swiped 27 bases last season and following the trade to Seattle, Jackson stole 11 bags in 54 games with two caught stealing. While the power might not reach 2012 levels, when Jackson hit 16 home runs, Jackson will provide plenty of value in both the stolen base and runs scored categories. With the Mariners continuing to add offensive weapons in the heart of the order, a return to 100 runs scored is not out of the question. Jackson should also be a slight asset in batting average, hitting somewhere in the neighborhood of .270, which in this day and age of baseball is a positive. Fantasy owners may be scared off by Jackson's disappointing 2014 season which will create an opportunity to invest. As a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues, Jackson appears to represent a value.