The Texas Rangers designated Outfielder Austin Jackson for assignment.
This after just acquiring him from the Giants two days ago in the trade that also netted them Cory Gearrin. Of course it was likely by design, with the Giants requiring Texas to take Jackson in the deal in order to allow them to get Gearrin. At the time of the trade, Rangers GM Jon Daniels reportedly told the outfielder to hold off on reporting to the club because he may try to flip him sooner rather than later. Guess it was sooner.
Jackson, 31, was batting just .242/.309/.295 through 165 plate appearances this season with San Francisco and will likely pass through waivers unclaimed because he’s owed around $4.5 million on the two-year, $6 million deal he signed before the season.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.