The way Tigers manager Jim Leyland sees it, he's seen two Austin Jacksons.

"I saw a guy two years ago that every time he put the ball in play, he got a hit," Leyland said Monday on Day 1 of baseball's Winter Meetings, where the Tigers had yet to make a significant move. "And this year, I just think he hit too often too far in the hole (0-2 and 1-2 counts).

"We just think that somewhere in between there, you've probably got the real Austin Jackson."

Jackson, 24, was a big hit his first year in Detroit (2010),hitting .293 and finishing second in the American League rookie of the year voting.

This year, he regressed. Home runs were up (10, from four) and so were RBIs (45, from 41), but so were the strikeouts (181, from 170), and the batting average dropped more than 40 points, to .249.