“We don’t negotiate in public, but I would find it highly, highly
unlikely if both of them were not back with the Yankees. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are the Yankees.”
— Yankees President Randy Levine, kinda negotiating in public with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera over their next contracts.
Not that this is a big deal or anything. I mean really, are Jeter and Rivera honestly going to take that mild, subtle pressure from Levine as an invitation to start planning their futures with, like, the Rockies or the Angels or something?
The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.
Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.
The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.