CF Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 23, 2018 09:50 AM
FILE - This Oct. 6, 2017 file photo shows Cleveland Indians' Austin Jackson answering questions during a news conference in Cleveland. Two people with knowledge of the contract say Jackson has agreed to terms on a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, who are filling their top remaining void of the offseason just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Jackson will earn $3 million per season, the two people said Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 speaking on condition of anonymity because nothing had been announced. (AP Photo/David Dermer, file)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Center fielder Austin Jackson agreed to terms on a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, filling the club's top remaining void just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
San Francisco announced the acquisition Monday, just a week after the Giants traded for right fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jackson will earn $3 million per season, two people with knowledge of the contract told the Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no terms were announced. Jackson could also earn up to $2.5 million in bonuses.
San Francisco finished a surprising last in the NL West in 2017 and was seeking an offense-producing center fielder who also plays stellar defense.
"He is a talented and versatile player who will strengthen our roster and provide additional depth at all three outfield positions," general manager Bobby Evans said.
Jackson, who turns 31 on Feb. 1, batted .318 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 85 games for Cleveland last season. He will join manager Bruce Bochy's new-look lineup that includes McCutchen, acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh last week to replace the departed Denard Span. Span was traded to Tampa Bay last month in a swap that brought new third baseman Evan Longoria to the Giants.
With McCutchen and Jackson now in the fold, Bochy spoke to Hunter Pence about a move from right field to left — setting the starting outfield with a veteran threesome.
FanRag Sports first reported Jackson's deal.