Giants add Austin Jackson to re-tooled outfield

Giants add Austin Jackson to re-tooled outfield

In December, Evans executed his first franchise-altering deal of the offseason, unloading Span and top prospect Christian Arroyo in exchange for Longoria, who's slated to become the third baseman of the future in San Francisco, even though he's already 32 years old. The deal with the Giants should allow San Francisco to stay under the luxury tax threshold for now.

In the short-term, the Giants have three new right-handed hitters, two of which have hit at least 20 home runs in each of the past five seasons and another who can hit in the leadoff spot or the eight-hole and mash against left-handed pitching.

The overhaul of the Giants' outfield is complete.

Jackson, who turns 31 on February 1, batted.318 with seven homers, 19 doubles, three triples and 35 RBIs while limited to just 85 games because of injuries for Cleveland last season. Jackson could also earn up to $2.5 million in bonuses. Pairing Duggar with Jackson in center could work, because Jackson also provides an above-replacement-level player for the Giants at a bargain rate if Duggar struggles in the big leagues.

The Giants have supposedly filled their biggest remaining void by signing Austin Jackson to play centerfield. Last season with the Indians, he hit.352/.440/.574 against lefties with four homers and 15 RBIs. The Giants had been linked with guys like Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, so it's possible they aren't done adding outfielders. At this juncture, it looks as if he will see the lion's share of playing time in center field, however with Steven Duggar right around the corner, the Giants have a bit of insurance in case his luck begins to sour. Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed McCutchen would play rightfield, shifting veteran Hunter Pence over to left for the first time in his career.



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