For the second time in two days, the Detroit Tigers are rumored to be offering Austin Jackson as part of a trade deal.
The first came yesterday when Jon Morosi mentioned Austin Jackson as part of a deal to bring Matt Kemp to the Motor City. Then on Wednesday, Peter Gammons mentioned on MLB Hot Stove that Jackson was offered as part of a deal for Brett Gardner.
It is odd the Austin Jackson has been mentioned in possible trades especially after the acquisition of Rajai Davis on Tuesday. But where there is this much smoke there is usually fire and clearly the Tigers are looking to make a change in centerfield.
Why would the Detroit Tigers be looking to trade Austin Jackson?
The Tigers Center Fielder’s numbers look pretty good at first glance. Austin Jackson hit .272 with an OPS of .759. Not too bad for a lead-off hitter. However in the play-offs Jackson hit a major speed bump. Jackson had 18 strikeouts in the 2013 postseason and only started hitting after Jim Leyland pushed him down in the line-up.
Austin Jackson is a .233 hitter with 53 strike-outs in 35 postseason games.
Remember the Prince Fielder was surprisingly traded this offseason and he also had a history of poor playoff performances.
It seems there is a trend developing of Dave Dombrowksi looking to deal players who can’t help the Detroit Tigers in the play-offs. The Tigers window to win a World Series with this core of players is closing. Dombrowski is clearly focused building a roster that can help the Tigers win in the postseason.