The Chicago Cubs have acquired Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN. The Mariners will receive a player to be named later and the Cubs final international bonus pool slot, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Chicago claimed the outfielder off of waivers and he will be a free agent after the season.
Jackson to the Cubs confirmed. #Mariners
— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) August 31, 2015
cubs give up their last international slot and a ptbnl. cubs get cash in deal with a-jax.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 31, 2015
The 28-year-old is having a good season slashing .272/.312/.387 with eight homers, 38 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The Cubs already have Dexter Fowler in center, so I would guess that they would plug Jackson in right field until Jorge Soler comes back from his oblique injury. This move also gives the Cubs plenty of depth going into the postseason, and will give them great speed off the bench.
The Mariners will most likely use Brad Miller in center field to finish out the season.