It’s been cold down in Texas. It might not be cold and snowy like in Indianpolis, but it’s been below freezing where Yankee center field prospect Austin Jackson has been working out, hitting in a cage and getting occasional updates on the latest trade rumors involving his name.
“I haven’t really followed it,” Jackson said. “But I’ve had people call me.”
Jackson’s agent called to say there are rumors of a trade to Detroit, but said there’s nothing set in stone.
“My agent is calling me, but I don’t think even he knows very much,” Jackson said. “I don’t know how I’d hear anything, but he said if I hear anything, let him know. If he hears anything, he’s going to let me know.”
So far, Jackson hasn’t been told anything that isn’t popping up on Twitter or various baseball blogs. He said he’s not bothered by the rumors. If he’s traded, it’s because another team wants him. If he’s not traded, it’s because the Yankees want him.
“Whatever happens, it’s a win-win for me,” he said. “That’s how I feel about it. I can’t control what goes on anyway.”
And so, he sits in chilly Texas and waits. After taking a few weeks off — he needed the break after a second straight 500-plus at-bat season — Jackson has started hitting again and he’s working with a trainer. His focus is on spring training, specifically on big league camp.
“I took a good little break, but I wanted to start a little bit earlier this year just because I want to start preparing for next year,” Jackson said. “I’m training right now to be playing up there. That’s my mindset right now is to be up there in the big leagues, wherever I am.”
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: It was less than thirty minutes from the time I got off the phone with Jackson, wrote this post and clicked submit. In that time, it looks like the trade was finalized.