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

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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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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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