The Mariners have acquired second outfielder today, trading for center fielder Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-way trade that featured Cy Young Award winner David Price being dealt to Detroit.
The Mariners sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa in their part of the trade. He’ll return home to Florida. The Rays also received lefty Drew Smyly from the Tigers.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is familiar with Jackson having served as the hitting coach for the Tigers. He watched as Jackson blossomed into a quality ever day player.
“I think defensively he’s one of the top three center fielders in all of baseball,” McClendon said. “He gets those kinds of jumps and he plays in the biggest center field in all of baseball in Detroit. Offensively, if you look at his numbers, this guy is pretty accomplished. In a couple of years, he’s had close to 200 hits. He’s good at the top of the order. He can steal bases. He’s a veteran hitter now.”
McClendon said he’ll likely bat Jackson lead-off.
“He’ll be great in that clubhouse and his teammates will love him,” McClendon said. “Right now I think we are getting him at the optimal time.”
You could see a lineup something like this …
- Jackson CF
- Ackley LF
- Cano 2B
- Morales DH
- Seager 3B
- Denorfia RF
- Morrison/Hart 1B
- Zunino C
- Taylor/Miller SS
“Obviously, we get more right-handed, which is something we’ve been hoping for a while,” McClendon said. “Not only we get right-handers, we get experienced right-handed hitters.”
As for corresponding roster moves, you’d have to think that James Jones and Stefen Romero would be sent to Class AAA Tacoma to make room. Both players would benefit from playing every day. Yes, I know everyone wants them to DFA Corey Hart, and that may happen. But right now, don’t be surprised if the kids are sent down.