Brewers, Angels, Rangers, Cubs in the mix for Austin Jackson

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Hey, remember Austin Jackson? He’s a free agent, yet we haven’t heard a peep about him for the entire offseason. Now that most of the significant names are off the board, it sounds like things could finally be coming together for him.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Brewers, Angels, and Rangers have all “kicked the tires” on the free agent outfielder. Meanwhile, the Cubs could be open to a reunion at the “right price.”

Jackson, who turns 29 next month, batted .267/.311/.385 with nine home runs, 48 RBI, and 17 stolen bases over 136 games between the Mariners and Cubs. While he could still end up with a starting job somewhere, perhaps with a team like the Brewers, he might be best-suited for part-time duties against left-handed pitching.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”