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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||600.00||9.00||.265||54.00||88.00||25.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs L.A. Angels||49||12||0|| .304|| .245|| .245|
|vs Rasmus (Career)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||420||100||3|| .288|| .333|| .238|
|Last 10 Games|
Mariners to give Austin Jackson regular rest in 2015
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(2/26/15) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects to rest outfielder Austin Jackson "at least once a week" during the 2015 season, MLB.com reports.
The Mariners started Jackson in every game in August and September after being acquired in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, and he hit just .229/.267/.260 in 223 at-bats with his new team after posting a .730 OPS with the Tigers before the trade.
"He didn't play as well as he could have when he came over from an offensive standpoint, but I think he won a lot of games with his defense," McClendon said. "He's a better player from the offensive side of the ball than he showed in September. We probably played him a little bit more than we should have down the stretch, because I just had so much confidence in his defense. I think he's the type of player that probably needs a game off to stay strong throughout the year. You look at his frame and he's such a greyhound. The grind can get to him a little at times. So I would suspect that we'd rest him at least once a week."
Jackson's struggles with the Mariners led to the worst offensive numbers of his career. He believes making adjustmets to his approach at Safeco Field will boost his production at the plate.
"Any field you play on, you've got to make adjustments with how you're hitting," Jackson said. "The best thing there is trying to stay out of the air. A lot of balls get run down. You want to hit line drives and put it on the ground as much as possible."
Already a valuable asset for his defense, Jackson has hit .274/.336/.402 during his five-year career.
Mariners' Austin Jackson looking to bounce back in 2015
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(1/26/15) After being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last season, outfielder Austin Jackson struggled to produce for the Mariners. In 54 games, Jackson hit .229 and Jackson said the trade affected his playing ability, reports The News Tribune.
"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.
By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.
"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.
Report: Mariners, Austin Jackson agree to $7.7-million deal
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(1/16/15) The Mariners have avoided arbitration with outfielder Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.7 million, the Seattle Times reports.
The team was able to avoid arbitration with five players in all Friday by agreeing to the terms of one-year contracts for each player. First basman Logan Morrison is scheduled to make $2.725 million with incentives for reaching 500 and 600 plate appearances. Outfielder Dustin Ackley will take in $2.6 million as well as another $50,000 bonus for reaching 500 plate appearances.
Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired from the Cubs earlier this offseason, will make $2.5 million and can earn another $20,000 if he reaches 375 plate appearances. Pitcher Charlie Furbush will earn $1.3 million.
|2014 summary: The up-and-down career of Austin Jackson continued in 2014, sticking him with probably his worst numbers yet. And the most discouraging part is that his nemeses of the past, injuries and strikeouts, weren't so clearly tied to his struggles this time. For whatever reason, he just stopped driving the ball. It was especially bad after the Tigers traded him to Seattle, where he hit .229 with just six extra-base hits over the final one-third of the season.|
Playing time status: After spending time on the DL with a strained abdominal in 2012 and a strained hamstring in 2013, Jackson was as healthy as he's ever been last year, playing a career-high 154 games. His above-average defense in center field should help keep him in the Mariners lineup even if he doesn't rebound completely as a hitter.
2015 outlook: Of course, for him to matter in Fantasy, he'll need to rebound completely. Even at his best, he's not a standout in any one category, delivering 12-to-15 home runs and 15-to-20 stolen bases, so across-the-board production is critical to his value. Fortunately, his current manager Lloyd McClendon was also his hitting coach during his formative years in Detroit, and McClendon said after the season that he noticed Jackson's mechanics were off. Jackson needs a lot to break right just to be relevant in mixed leagues, so don't draft him until late, if at all.
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