According to MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Jackson’s contract could potentially be worth up to $8.5 million due to incentives.
For the Giants, Jackson’s signing came a week after the team landed five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and just over a month after acquiring three-time third base Gold Glove winner Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jackson, who turned 31 yesterday, is expected to be the Giants’ everyday center fielder. McCutchen, a primary center fielder, will shift to right field despite only 13 career appearances there. Rounding out the outfield will include Hunter Pence in left, or possibly the team’s No. 5 prospect, Steven Duggar.
Known mainly for his defensive abilities, Jackson made perhaps the catch of the year this past August at Fenway Park:
In eight Major League seasons with five teams, Jackson is a .275/.336/.403 hitter with 62 homers, 52 triples, 349 RBIs, and 111 stolen bases (153 attempts).