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Cubs acquire Austin Jackson from Mariners for playoff push

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Cubs acquire Austin Jackson from Mariners for playoff push

The Cubs strengthened their roster for the playoff push on Monday, acquiring outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later and an international signing bonus slot.

On the eve of September and expanded rosters, the Cubs gave manager Joe Maddon another mix-and-match option for a young lineup that hasn’t experienced the 162-game grind before.

The Cubs have also been missing Jorge Soler, who’s sidelined with a strained oblique muscle. Those injuries are usually tricky and the rookie outfielder already has a long medical history.

Jackson had been hitting .272 with eight homers, 18 doubles, 38 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, 46 runs scored and a .699 OPS in 107 games for Seattle. He bats right-handed and plays center field. He is 28 and in position to become a free agent after this season.

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“I’ve seen him for a long time in the American League,” Maddon said. “When he starts swinging the bat well, he’s very productive. A fine outfielder, good baserunner, kind of a complete player. So to be able to pick him up right now, I think we’re very fortunate.”

To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment. Olt had been the Opening Day third baseman until getting hit by a pitch on April 11 and fracturing his wrist — and soon enough the Cubs would set Kris Bryant’s free-agency clock and summon their franchise player from Triple-A Iowa.

Jackson also has significant postseason experience on his resume after being a part of 35 playoff games with the Detroit Tigers between 2011 and 2013.

“It’s the depth component,” Maddon said. “You never know what’s going to happen during the course of the next month. If somebody were to get hurt again, all of a sudden you’re really backs against the wall.”

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: