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Tigers Reportedly Listening to Offers for Austin Jackson; Coke Signs


DETROIT, Michigan –

One day after the Detroit Tigers pulled the trigger on the biggest trade so far this MLB off-season, reports are surfacing that they may not be far from trading another large part of their lineup. Bob Nightengale from USA Today is reporting that the Tigers are listening to offers for CF Austin Jackson.

Jackson, 26, has been the Tigers lead-off hitter for the better part of his time in Detroit. Jackson hit .272 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI last season, but he struggled in the playoffs and hasn’t panned into the hitter the Tigers had hoped for. He spent last winter working on his speed, but even that hasn’t been on display in recent years.

If the Tigers choose to trade Jackson, they could acquire a top free agent to replace him. Names such as Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin Soo Choo have been floated out there by media outlets. Even ex-Tiger Curtis Granderson has been mentioned in some reports.

A trade isn’t in the works, but the Tigers are listening.

Also, it was confirmed this morning that the Tigers have signed relief pitcher Phil Coke to a $1.9 million dollar non-guaranteed deal. The non-guaranteed part means the Tigers could let him go in Spring Training and only may him a fraction of the deal. The contract is for 1 year.

The Tigers have already been one of the most active teams so far this off-season. And they’re far from done. Stay tuned.


About Jeff Deacon

Jeff joined the DSN crew in 2011 as a beat writer for the Detroit Tigers. He also covers news around the National Hockey League. Jeff currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he is focusing on a career as an airline pilot. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffDeacs.

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  1. Gregory Stiles

    November 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’ll only approve it if it means landing Ellsbury.

  2. Johnny Timothy Ashby Jr.

    November 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Psh drop coke.

  3. Jayson Kinsey

    November 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Choo in LF

  4. Michael Farnsworth

    November 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    get a closer for him.

  5. Jonathan Gallagher

    November 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Are the Mud Hens looking for an everyday centerfielder???

  6. Mike Puszykowski

    November 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    If we dump Jackson, it should only be to get elsbury. Jackson is a magician in center

  7. Justin Bumgarner

    November 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Why’s everyone in such a hurry to throw $100+ million at Ellsbury

  8. Isaac Miller

    November 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I like AJ

  9. Yasser Khan

    November 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Keep Jackson!!!

  10. Joe Beaudette

    November 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    AJax for Chapman of the Reds was one of the rumors I heard…

  11. Marcia Cabala

    November 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Jackson’s bat sucks but he makes some amazing plays in center. Going to take a lot to convince me to trade him.

  12. Geordie Paul

    November 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    If we get someone decent for Jackson thats fine with me

  13. Joseph Flynn

    November 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    fthey get a good centerfielder in return who can run and hit homers plus a good fielder.

  14. Andy Dubyckyj

    November 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I like A Jax; he’s still a young player, and when he moved down he contributed. Unlike Prince, he actually cared and he seems to always want to improve. As much as I like the new Manager, I wish we got the Yankees Hitting Coach, so perhaps he could work with A Jax, the way he worked with Granderson.

  15. Anne Van Timmeren

    November 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The only way I will be good with trading Jackson is if we resign Granderson and that’s not going to happen so Jackson better stay put.

  16. Kenny Goolsby

    November 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Carlos Beltran in LF, Cabrera at 1st, Nick C. At 3rd, Nathan the closer and a few more relievers, maybe another trade or two.

  17. Heather Ryan

    November 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Not AJ too!! Cant take it!!

  18. Richard Elliott

    November 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What is it about Granderson the Tigers do not want back?

  19. Jake Richards

    November 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Ummmm everything. .220 hitter who strikes out at a record pace…

  20. Mary McKee

    November 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    If it is to get Ellsbury then I am all for it.

  21. Mary McKee

    November 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I agree with you that Jackson has made some amazing plays in Center. But for as many amazing plays he has made he lets way to many balls drop in front of him. Get your uniform dirty Jackson!!!

  22. Steven Shurter

    November 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    As long as they get Granderson or Choo

  23. Steven Shurter

    November 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Or Ellsbury

  24. Marie McNames

    November 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Not Austin, please.

  25. Richard Elliott

    November 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Why does Ellsbury think he’s worth 100 million? Just have a bad feeling about Ellsbury. I think he’s good…..but not worth that much hype. @Jake……great point.

  26. Chris Richardson

    November 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Keep the strikeout machine in center. Kinsler can bat lead off. Go get Beltran for left, get Nathan, put Castenellos at third, maybe move Porcello for a lefty pen arm & a prospect. I’d be cool with that

  27. Richard Elliott

    November 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Not a big Choo fan either. I like the Beltran idea, but can’t be that lucky, right?

  28. Sean Nicols

    November 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    If we get choo that would be koo.. Ellsbury is overrated, great player but 100 million, we sign him the wings will suck for 10 more years

  29. Kevin Lilly

    November 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Should have got rid of coke and moved Jackson down in the lineup stupid

  30. Ryan Lulek

    November 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Sean Nicols c’mon fella, choo sucks & ellsburys overated? If just being an all round stud & win championships is overrated, well I’ll take it fella Lol

  31. Sandy Glisman

    November 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    You will regret letting AJ go

  32. Shauna Flores Rensch

    November 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Why sign Coke? Ugh, he should have went!

  33. Mark Alderman

    November 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Trade Verlander!

  34. Rico Vitelli

    November 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Forget ellsbury, Beltran and choo. We just signed LF Alex Gordon

  35. Tony Santo

    November 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I can’t stand Phil Pepsi, lol.

  36. Tommy VanDoorne

    November 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    That would make no sense, Jackson is young and cheap, plays excellent center field in a park that absolutely needs that and hits (despite what happened in 8 games in the post season) his bat doesn’t “suck”

  37. Wesley Stone

    November 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm


  38. Ron Lewis

    November 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    He strikes out to much

  39. Christian Crisco Wright

    November 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I hope he stays here, one of the best defensive players in the A.L on a team that NEEDS defense.

  40. Justin Wright

    November 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Did someone say trade verlander??? People are crazy

  41. Jill Samuels

    November 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    NO!! NOT AJ!! Should’ve dumped Coke.

  42. Eva Gusumano

    November 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Why keep Coke? Good for nothing! Gotta keep Jackson!!!

  43. Nick Gweedo Guajardo

    November 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    i hope not they put a lot of work in him

  44. Jason Classic

    November 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I’ll wanna keep jackson as long as he bats 7 or 8th..He’s no lead off guy

  45. Ernie Richardson

    November 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Why would they keep “Coke the Joke”?

  46. Eric Nader

    November 22, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I guess if we are starting to DUMP everyone this must mean that our trips to the POST SEASON are DONE for good.. Just keep things as the are!!

  47. Daniel Church

    November 22, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I love Jackson’s glove. New hitting coach may help him. If Coke was right-handed he’d be in double A.

  48. Jackie Cahoon

    November 22, 2013 at 12:48 am

    how about we just fire everyone, no more Detroit tigers and all the Tiger fans can have one last final game before the team and stadium is gone forever

  49. Kathleen M Burns

    November 22, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Jackson is the best center fielder in baseball. So, it makes sense to trade him but oh yah, lets keep COKE?

  50. Joe Snell

    November 22, 2013 at 7:50 am


  51. Joe Snell

    November 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

    The comments by females on this thread have been by far thr dumbest ive read in a long time

  52. Judro

    November 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

    @Jake Richards .278 career hitter, batted .272 in 2013.

  53. Tom Paulan

    November 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Word on the street is that Dombrowski has offered Jackson and Scherzer to NY for Granderson and $30 million that he lost making a bad gamble, er, I mean trade.

  54. Alli Michelle

    November 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Granderson said something in a recent interview about possibly coming back to Detroit…

  55. Richi K. Pedersen

    November 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Glad to see so many fellow Ajax lovers. Outstanding individual, superior centerfielder, and a guy who has shown he CAN hit. May not be our leadoff guy, but DEFINITELY a Tiger. Please don’t trade him!

  56. Brian Sides

    November 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I don’t understand why everyone would be so excited to get Ellsbury when he has been injured in 3 of the last 4 season missing significant time. Jackson has proven that he is one of the best defensive CF’s in the game and he has learned to hit over the last couple of years. I would not like to see the Tigers take the risk on an injury prone Ellsbury.

  57. vulcan542

    November 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Think if we keep AJ he needs to bat down in the order…Ellsbury would be a BIG acqusition for the Tigers!! AJ just cannot hit the ball…period!! We need a good leadoff hitter and Ellsbury or Kinsler would do a whole lot better than Mr.” WORLD CLASS SPEED” as Rod would say!!!

  58. vulcan542

    November 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    @Brian Sides Great defense but NO BAT!! His numbers are on the decline, and at his young age he might set the all-time record for SO’s before he gets 8 years in the league! If he could use his speed on the basepaths as he does in centerfield he could steal 30-40 bases a year…but that is not the case!!

  59. Judro

    November 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Jackson will hit 15-20 HR and bat 275 for the next several years. This idea that he has no bat is just wrong. He strikes out a lot, but an out’s an out. We have a new leadoff hitter in place, so that’s not an issue. Move Ajax to the 5 spot and let him swing away.

  60. Randy Wonsch

    December 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Here’s the plan- dump Fielder, Trade Fister, Dump Jackson, Sign Coke, Sign Kelley, and win 50 games in 2014 so Scherzer goes 12-12 so they don’t have to cough up big money when his contract comes due next year. Thank you. Has Randy Smith era rebuilding all over the place…