ICYMI: Giants Continue Busy Offseason With Two-Year Signing Of Austin Jackson

Tony Dejak, Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants further added to their new-look lineup this offseason, as center fielder Austin Jackson agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal on January 22.

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).

Jackson hit .318/.387/.482 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 85 games for the Cleveland Indians this past season, his lone one with the team.


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