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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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Cardinals Shut Down Carlos Martinez for Two Weeks

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The St. Louis Cardinals have shut down right hander Carlos Martinez from throwing for two weeks as the club believes that he needs to build up his shoulder strength, according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.

The development hangs a cloud of uncertainty over Martinez’s availability for Opening Day.

The Cardinals may be looking to utilize Martinez out of the bullpen this season.

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Brewers Re-Sign Mike Moustakas

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The Milwaukee Brewers have officially re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the deal will earn Moustakas $10 million and includes a $3 million buyout along with a $11 million mutual option for 2020.

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Bryce Harper ‘Unsure’ About Signing with Phillies

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Following the breaking news that Manny Machado had agreed to terms on a massive 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, the next superstar domino expected to fall is Bryce Harper.

Multiple reports are linking Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are apparently willing to pay Harper’s lofty price tag demand, but it’s not a “slam dunk” that Harper lands in Philly.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Harper is “unsure” about signing with the Phillies.

This echos a December report from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, one that says Harper wasn’t “particularly” fond of playing in Philadelphia.

Harper to the Phillies may not be the slam dunk that reports indicate, which means a mystery team may be luring Harper in.

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