#Cubs acquire Austin Jackson
The Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Mariners for a player to be named later and a possible international slot. A right-handed hitter, Jackson was batting .272 in 107 games with the Mariners and has stolen 15 bases. Jackson does have postseason experience with the Tigers, and reached the World Series in 2012. The Cubs are looking at improving the bench for the postseason, and Jackson could fill that spot. Plus, the Cubs were looking for support with Jorge Soler sidelined for at least a month with an oblique injury.
The Cubs also have signed Quintin Berry and Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League contracts, and they will be considered for a bench spot as well.
Mike Olt was designated for assignment to make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster. Olt, 27, appeared in six games with the Cubs before he landed on the DL with a hairline fracture of his right wrist on April 11 in Colorado.
Seattle reporters Greg Johns and Shannon Drayer first reported the deal.