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OF Austin Jackson agrees to minor league deal with Indians

January 25, 2017 GMT
FILE - In this May 11, 2016, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Austin Jackson follows through on a run-scoring single off a pitch from Texas Rangers' Cole Hamels as catcher Bobby Wilson watches in the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with negotiations says the Cleveland Indians are finalizing a deal with free agent outfielder Austin Jackson. Jackson will sign a minor league deal with an invitation to training camp this spring, said the person who spoke Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, to the Associated Press because the sides haven’t completed the agreement. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
FILE - In this May 11, 2016, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Austin Jackson follows through on a run-scoring single off a pitch from Texas Rangers' Cole Hamels as catcher Bobby Wilson watches in the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with negotiations says the Cleveland Indians are finalizing a deal with free agent outfielder Austin Jackson. Jackson will sign a minor league deal with an invitation to training camp this spring, said the person who spoke Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, to the Associated Press because the sides haven’t completed the agreement. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder Austin Jackson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.

Jackson, who turns 30 on Feb. 1, gives the Indians some outfield depth and insurance in case left fielder Michael Brantley isn’t ready for the start of the season. Brantley played in just 11 games last season following surgery on his right shoulder.

The Indians, who announced Jackson’s deal Wednesday, chose not to re-sign Rajai Davis as a free agent.

A .272 career hitter, Jackson played in 54 games for the Chicago White Sox last season. He underwent surgery on his left knee in June. He’s played in 40 postseason games.