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Austin Jackson turned down offer from Angels

Jackson could have seen time in Los Angeles in 2016.

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Los Angeles offered free agent outfielder Austin Jackson a one-year deal he subsequently denied, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.

The proposed contract was reportedly thought to be in the range of $5 or $6 million.

Jackson did not appear to be the Angels' first choice, as the club also expressed interest in Michael Saunders in the discussed three-team trade involving Jay Bruce.

Scott Boras is Jackson's agent, and Gonzalez notes Jackson sought more money in a potential deal. If he were to join the Angels, Jackson would also be in the midst of a platoon situation in left field.

If Jackson accepts a one-year deal, he might only agree to play where he is at least guaranteed some variation of starting time.

The Angels are currently only $2-$3 million below the tax barrier, and signing Jackson to the deal he is seeking would almost certainly put them over the luxury tax limit.

Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry appear set to platoon in left field, though the Angels like have a desire to upgrade since neither had a notable amount of success in 2015.

Nava batted .194 while Gentry batted .120 last season. Jackson, on the contrary, was productive in 2015, batting .267/.311/.385 to complement nine home runs and 48 RBIs.

It appears unlikely the Angels will land another outfielder, but if they do, Jackson might be the most productive option available.