By Jerry Del Priore
According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the New York Mets are in the process of inking outfielder Austin Jackson.
However, the team has not conformed the transaction.
Jackson, 31 and a free agent, will likely join the major league squad and add some outfield depth with Juan Lagares, who has been out with a torn ligament to his left big toe since he sustained it on May 18th, which required season-ending surgery.
With the impending deal, sources say that Mets outfielder Jose Bautista, who has smacked six homers and plated 24 runs in 55 games since joining New York on May 22, could be on the trading block.
The veteran outfielder and catcher Devin Mesoraco were receiving a measure of interest from other teams as MLB nears the final non-waiver Trade Deadline on Tuesday, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.
Jackson, a Texas native, started the season with the San Francisco Giants – where he batted .242 with 13 RBI and a .604 OPS across 59 contests – before they shipped him to the Texas Rangers on July 8th. But the Rangers released him six days later.