Austin Jackson turned down a one-year deal from the Angels
Free agent outfielder Austin Jackson rejected a contract offer of one year and between $5-6 million from the Angels, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. That makes him the second outfielder the Angels have missed out on lately, as they were reportedly getting Michael Saunders from the Blue Jays as part of a three-way trade.
The Angels remain unupgraded in the outfield. At present, Mike Trout will handle center field, Kole Calhoun will stick in right, and a platoon of Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry is set to be employed in left.
Jackson, 29, hit .267/.311/.385 with nine home runs and 48 RBI in 527 plate appearances between the Mariners and the Cubs last season.
There are still a handful of outfielders still remaining in free agency, so the Angels have options. Some of those names include Shane Victorino, Alex Rios, and Will Venable.