#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.


And whom may I wonder will be the “Player”
to be named?

Hope this works out. Saw Jackson play an entire season at AAA when he was property of the Yankees, and was not all that impressed.

Sad to see Olt cut loose. Once had high hopes for him, as I know others on here did as well. Thought he might bring us something in a trade, if indeed he could not find a role with the Cubs. I wish him well, and hope he one day finds his way back to the majors with another organization

He’s not necessarily done. Someone would have to claim him for us to lose him. The same thing happened with Clayton Richard and we were able to retain him and send him to AAA.

Aloha jhosk- Like Arborlon mentioned, I hope we get a chance to bring him back like Richard. On another note, I foresee a huge change with the current bullpen. The Giants for example have had a core group of folks for so many years: Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt, etc.. This current bullpen is not doing the job consistently. I realize that Castro imploded tonight with 3 errors but for the bullpen to not hold the line? I am going to sound a little sarcastic but I think if this team is able to make it to the playoffs (arriving one year early), shake things up with the playoff roster and leave Wood, Russell, Hunter off. If Haren continues to have his troubles along with Castro, they get left off too. I would rather have CJ Edwards or Wada utilized as either starters or middle to long relief out of the pen, like Bochy did with Lincecum in the past. Also, all these trades have not produced. I almost wish they would not do these late-frenzied trades. Of course a team is rolling the dice but have to give the Giants credit in getting Byrd and Leake, none of the pickups for the Cubs have produced. Take that back, Richard was picked up when I believe the Pirates let him go and he has done all right. But I think for this young team who has learned and is learning how to work with one another it can be disruptive. No one likes injuries or a player going through a tough time but if you are going to go out and get someone, there needs to be an immediate impact. Oh, just human and a little frustrated, I am sure the team and the management is too. They cannot really on only Arrieta to get them out of a jam, the core of this team has to rise up and take some responsibility. Hope they can pick up tomorrow’s game. Go Cubs! Mahalo!

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