Former Cubs Trade Places on the South Side: Austin Jackson in, Mike Olt Out

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Former Cubs Trade Places on the South Side: Austin Jackson in, Mike Olt Out

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austin jackson cubsAustin Jackson has finally signed for the 2016 season, inking a one-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. It’s a great fit for Jackson, who should see plenty of starts there, and could build up his value to a bigger deal after the 2016 season.

When the offseason started, it wouldn’t have been insane to suggested that Jackson might receive a deal of similar length to guys like Dexter Fowler and Ian Desmond, but I doubt anyone would have predicted that was because all three wound up taking one-year deals. Jackson’s big advantage was the lack of draft pick compensation attached to him, and yet he still languished in free agency until March. Hopefully he does well with the White Sox, who just picked up a huge bargain.

When a new player joins a team with a full 40-man roster, though, somebody’s gotta go, and it’s another former Cub, Mike Olt, who was designated for assignment.

It’s gotta be a bummer for Olt, 27, who continues to try and work himself back to something approximating the guy people hoped he could be back when he was a top 50 prospect in the game with the Rangers. A concussion, eye issues, severe allergies, a broken wrist, and, of course, contact troubles have all conspired to torch the last three season for Olt, who still has a ton of power and plays excellent defensive third base. Whether he’ll be able to get a 40-man roster spot with another team remains to be seen, but he’ll have no trouble latching on to another organization with a minor league deal if he doesn’t stick with the White Sox. It would be nice to see him get another shot.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.