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Cleveland Indians sign Austin Jackson to a Minor-League Contract

The Cleveland Indians have signed outfielder Austin Jackson, to a minor league contract. Jackson will be signed for $1.5 million and has the possibility of getting $4 million in incentives according to Jon Heyman. Jackson also has an opt-out option at the end of Spring Training.

Jackson will help out the Indians if he ends up being with the big league club by joining Tyler Naquin in center field and being his right-handed compliment, similar to how Rajai Davis was to Naquin in the 2016 season.

In the 2016 season, Jackson played with the Chicago White Sox but struggled at the plate for the first two months of the season before obtaining a knee injury that ended his season. He only had 203 plate appearances where he hit .254/.318/.343 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, and hit zero homers.

In 2010, Austin Jackson was the runner-up in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, which was won by Neftali Feliz. Since 2014, Jackson has not matched his numbers he had once put up in his first four years in the big leagues.

The Indians have yet to confirm this deal.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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