Giants Reportedly Sign Outfielder Austin Jackson

Giants Reportedly Sign Outfielder Austin Jackson

MLB free agent news: Giants add Austin Jackson to re-tooled outfield

Heyman says the deal can be worth a total of $8.5 million if Jackson hits all of his incentives. "He is a talented and versatile player who will strengthen our roster and provide additional depth at all three outfield positions", Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans said in a statement.

The two trades followed a salary dump of Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers, which freed up the Giants to add a pair of franchise cornerstones and now Jackson, all while staying under the $197 million luxury tax threshold. Nevertheless, the Giants chose to sign Jackson while Cain was still available.

Jackson played for the Indians last season, slashing.318/.387/.482 with seven home runs and 46 runs scored in just 280 at-bats.

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"We are excited to have Austin join the Giants".

The biggest question of the San Francisco Giants' offseason has been what they'd do about their outfield.

Barring an outstanding spring training from outfield prospect Steven Duggar, Jackson should shoulder most of the work in centerfield this season. However, with the Giants, the 31-year old Jackson will have a chance to secure an everyday job. While Evans has talked openly about the possibility of Duggar playing center field on Opening Day, Jackson's presence allows Duggar to gain more seasoning at the Minor League level. Andrew McCutchen has already been installed as the new right fielder and Hunter Pence will slide over to left.

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