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  • Austin Jackson: Open to return

    Jackson would consider offers to return to the field in 2020, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Jackson couldn't find work in 2019, but he's still just 33 years old, so he could have something left in the tank. If he gets a contract this year, it will almost certainly be a minor-league one, as he hit just .245/.299/.326 while striking out 35.5 percent of the time in 116 games for the Giants and Mets back in 2018.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Out of lineup Friday

    Jackson is not starting Friday in Washington.

    Jackson finds himself on the bench for the third time in four games. Brandon Nimmo will take his spot in center field, with Jay Bruce in right.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: On bench for series opener

    Jackson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

    Jackson has started seven of the last eight games in center field, going just 3-for-27 with a 12:0 K:BB over that stretch, albeit two of his hits went for extra bases. The Mets will go with Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto from left to right in their outfield Thursday.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Heads to bench

    Jackson is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

    Jackson is hitting just .143/.176/.245 with 17 strikeouts through 14 games this month, so he'll head to the bench Tuesday to hit the reset button. In his absence, the Mets will deploy Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Jay Bruce in their outfield from left to right.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Out for first game

    Jackson is not in the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Marlins.

    Jackson was on the bench Saturday and Sunday but returned to the lineup for the next two games. Dominic Smith starts at first base Wednesday, pushing Jay Bruce to right field and Brandon Nimmo over to Jackson's spot in center field.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Out again Saturday

    Jackson is not in the lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Jackson sits for the second straight game after starting 24 of 25 contests. The rebuilding Mets have little reason to give at-bats to a veteran hitting just .266/.322/.343, so they'll instead give Dominic Smith a start in left field, pushing Brandon Nimmo to center.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Day off Friday

    Jackson is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies.

    Jackson sits after starting 24 of the last 25 games. He hit just .233/.275/.282 over that stretch. Brandon Nimmo will slide over to center field, with Jay Bruce starting in right.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Still seeing everyday at-bats

    Jackson will start in center field and bat seventh Sunday against the Giants, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

    There was some thought that Jackson's role might decline when Jay Bruce was reinstated from the disabled list Aug. 24, but it's instead been Wilmer Flores who has been most adversely affected. With Bruce settling into regular duty at first base and Jose Bautista having recently been traded to the Phillies, it looks like Jackson could have a clear path to outfield reps the rest of the season. Jackson will draw his seventh consecutive start in the series finale.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Not in Saturday's lineup

    Jackson is out of the lineup versus the Nationals on Saturday.

    Jackson will head to the bench for a breather following 14 straight starts, during which he's hit .242/.277/.323 with a pair of RBI and 20 strikeouts. With the return of Jay Bruce (hip) from the DL, Jackson will likely see his playing time decrease moving forward.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Notches multi-hit day vs. Phillies

    Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 4-2 loss to Philadelphia.

    Jackson cut the deficit to two in the eighth inning on an RBI single to left field, but the Mets would end up taking the loss. He's been heating up at the plate recently, as he's pieced together a modest four-game hitting streak, going 9-for-20 with four extra-base hits and one RBI over that span. Jackson is hitting .292 with two homers and 23 RBI through 79 games in 2018.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Records three-hit performance vs. Reds

    Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's 6-4 win over Cincinnati.

    Jackson pushed the lead to three in the first inning on a single to left field. He's recorded a base knock in each of his previous three games, going 6-for-10 with three RBI, a home run and a walk over that span. Jackson is slashing .269/.335/.349 with a .684 OPS through 68 tilts this season.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Pops second homer

    Jackson went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    After struggling to a .604 OPS with zero homers in 59 games as a Giant, Jackson's bat has snapped to life since joining the Mets. He now boasts a .364/.440/.636 slash line with two home runs and a steal in eight games in his new uniform, and while the 31-year-old should soon fall back to earth, he figures to see regular playing time until he does.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Seeing ample opportunities with new team

    Jackson will start in center field and bat sixth Sunday against the Braves.

    Jackson will be included in the starting nine for the sixth time in seven games after producing a trio of two-hit performances during that stretch. The Mets have facilitated room in the lineup for Jackson of late by moving Jose Bautista to third base, though that will no longer be a regular option now that Todd Frazier is off the disabled list. As a result, Jackson and Bautista may soon have to battle one another for playing time in the outfield alongside entrenched starters Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Makes first start with Mets

    Jackson will start in center field and bat sixth in the order Sunday against the Pirates.

    Jackson signed with the Mets on Friday, and struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in his team debut. He'll get the starting nod in center field Sunday, filling in for the injured Michael Conforto (thumb). Keep expectations regarding both playing time and production relatively low for Jackson, who had just a .604 OPS across 59 games with the Giants before he was traded to Texas (and ultimately let go).

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  • Mets' Austin Jackson: Signs with Mets

    Jackson agreed to a major-league contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports.

    With Yoenis Cespedes (heels) out for the year and Jay Bruce (hip) on the DL, Jackson will provide some needed depth to the Mets outfield. In 59 games with the Giants this year, Jackson slashed .242/.309/.295 with 13 RBI, eight extra-base hits and two stolen bases. After being traded to the Rangers in early July, he was designated for assignment and subsequently released. Though Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are locked into a pair of the outfield positions, Jackson should receive some playing time in center field.

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  • Austin Jackson: Let go Saturday

    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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Denton, TX
Age: 37
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: R, R