By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) – A person familiar with negotiations says the Cleveland Indians are finalizing a deal with free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.
Jackson would get a minor league deal with an invitation to training camp this spring, said the person who spoke Wednesday to the Associated Press because the sides haven’t completed the agreement.
Jackson, who will turn 30 on Feb. 1, would give 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 chose not to re-sign Rajai Davis as a free agent.
ESPN.com first reported Jackson and the AL champion Indians are nearing a deal.
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.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.