Jackson was released by the Rangers on Saturday. Jackson will look to latch on elsewhere after he was designated for assignment Wednesday. He never truly reported to Texas after being traded by the Giants on Sunday, as Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jackson to hold off on reporting to the team due to a lack of potential playing time for the 31-year-old outfielder. Over 59 games in the big leagues this season, Jackson hit .242 with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBI.
Jackson was designated for assignment by Texas on Wednesday. Jackson was recently acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Giants as the latter club looked to shed some salary. Since Jackson was told to hold off on reporting to Texas by Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, it was apparent that the organization didn't see much playing time in the cards for the 31-year-old outfielder. He will now be subjected to waivers and could wind up with another organization in the coming days.
Jackson was told by Rangers general manager Jon Daniels to hold off on reporting to the team after being acquired in a trade Sunday, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Daniels said the Rangers are "evaluating our options" with Jackson, who was sent to Texas along with reliever Cory Gearrin and minor-league right-hander Jason Bahr from San Francisco. Under MLB's labor agreement, Jackson has 72 hours to join his new team. The general manager spoke with Jackson and told him there would not be much playing time for the 31-year-old outfielder. Taking on Jackson's salary was part of the price for the Rangers to acquire their primary motivation for the deal, Bahr, who they feel is an undervalued prospect.
Jackson was acquired by the Rangers as a part of a three-player trade with the Giants, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jackson, Cory Gearrin and minor-leaguer Jason Bahr will head to the Rangers with the Giants receiving a player to be named later or cash. The Giants offloading Jackson and his contract made sense given the emergence of Gorkys Hernandez and their general outfield depth, as Jackson has made only one start since June 15. Jackson likely slides into a role as the Rangers' fourth outfielder, with Joey Gallo, Delino DeShields Jr. and Nomar Mazara currently slotted in as the starters.
Jackson batted seventh and went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 9-5 win over the Rockies. After beginning the season as the Giants' starting center fielder, Jackson has fallen into a platoon role behind a combination of Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and occassionally Brandon Belt. His struggles at the plate have even led to the veteran dropping from first to seventh in the order when he does start against southpaws. The 31-year-old is posting career-worst marks in terms of strikeouts (35.4 percent) and isolated power (.053), and a career-high .406 BABIP indicates that he may be over-performing with a mediocre .248 batting average. With Mac Williamson (concussion) nearing a return, Jackson's status with the club may be reduced even further if he doesn't turn things around quickly.