White Sox sign outfielder Austin Jackson to a one-year, $5 million deal

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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.

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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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