The New York Mets announced that they’ve signed veteran outfielder Austin Jackson and he will be in uniform tonight wearing No. 16 in Pittsburgh against the Priates.
To make room for Jackson, the Mets have designated outfielder Matt den Dekker for assignment.
Den Dekker went 0-for-18 with nine strikeouts in only eight games with the Mets this year. He was making his second stint with the Mets, the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.
Original Post – July 27, 11:17 a.m.
It’s a major league deal according to Chris Cotillo of Masslive.
Jackson, 31, has struggled in 2018 with a .242/.309/.295 slash line for the San Francisco Giants. The outfielder was traded from the Giants to the Texas Rangers earlier this month only to be released by Texas days later.
Jackson had a fine 2017 with the Cleveland Indians when he had a .869 OPS and 1.9 WAR in 85 games.
The former strong defensive player has seen that part of his game slip dramatically with -10 DRS in 292 innings this year playing center field. He also has experience in both corners.