Update (8:53 PM EST): The deal is now official, as Jackson has passed his physical, CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes reports. Mike Olt has been designated for assignment to make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster.
At long last, Austin Jackson has a home. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the outfielder. Heyman adds that Jackson could have signed for more money elsewhere, but he valued the opportunity to continue playing center field rather than switching to left field.
Jackson, 29, spent last season with the Mariners and the Cubs, hitting an aggregate .267/.311/.385 with nine home runs, 48 RBI, 56 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 527 plate appearances. The Mariners traded him to the Cubs at the end of August ahead of the waiver trade deadline.
Jackson joins an outfield that includes Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, and Melky Cabrera.
The Angels, Indians, and Brewers were previously rumored to have had interest in Jackson.
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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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