Bats: R / Throws:R
Opening Day Age: 29
Austin Jackson spent the 2015 season with the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, earning $7.7 million in the process. He put up a .267/.311/.385 line with nine homers and 17 steals. His numbers were slightly below his career norms, and Jackson was caught stealing a troubling 10 times. Jackson has been a center fielder for most of his career, but would obviously not be playing that position in Kansas City.
Jackson’s numbers have tailed off significantly since hitting 16 homers and slugging .479 with 10 triples in 2012. He has not slugged over .400 in two years, and his walk rate is declining. Jackson seemed on the verge of ascending to fringe star status with the Detroit Tigers, but seems to be trending in the wrong direction. He did not hit well after being traded to the Cubs, and his speed may soon fail him. Peak Austin Jackson may have been a perfect player for the Royals, but as his speed and power appear to have abandoned him, the Royals may be better off staying away, unless the price falls substantially or Jackson is willing to play on a one-year deal.