The Texas Rangers were very interested in acquiring Austin Jackson as of a few days ago, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Nothing came of those talks however.
Jackson, 28, cleared waivers last week and was drawing some interest from around the league. The remaining $1.7 million salary appeared to be a stumbling block, with most teams not wanting to take that salary off of the Mariners hands.
The Rangers already made an outfield acquisition by bringing in Drew Stubbs, although he likely didn't fit their need in center as well as Jackson would have.
In 107 games this season, Jackson has a .272/.312/.387 batting line to go with eight home runs and 38 RBI's. As a unit, in 678 combined plate appearances, Texas has gotten a .245/.315/.354 line with seven homers and 53 RBI's from the center field position.
Texas has made a late push in the standings and finds itself currently in the second wild card spot in the AL, so bringing in more offense could only help continue that push. They only have one more day, however, to make the trade. For Jackson to be eligibility for the postseason, he would need to be on the Rangers roster as of August 31st.