CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians added some Michael Brantley outfield insurance on Wednesday, signing center fielder Austin Jackson to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
Jackson, entering his age-30 season, had his 2016 campaign cut short by surgery on his left knee in June.
In 54 games with the Chicago White Sox this past season, the right-handed hitter slashed .254/.318/.343 with 12 doubles, two triples, two steals and 18 RBI.
With Brantley still working his way back from a second shoulder surgery and Rajai Davis leaving Cleveland for Oakland through free agency, Jackson gives the Indians some additional depth and a potential platoon partner with Tyler Naquin in center field this upcoming season.
Jackson will earn a base of $1.5 million on the Minor League pact and could earn up to $4 million in incentives if he makes the big league club, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report.