Good things come to minor league catchers who wait

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A feel-good story in Detroit, as the Tigers called up catcher Max St. Pierre, who has (a) spent fourteen frickin’ seasons in the minor leagues without once sniffing the show before now; and (b) totally stole the name I use when I’m trying to meet women when I’m on out of town business trips.

St. Pierre hit .300 for the Mudhens this year in 130 at-bats with five homers
and 22 RBIs. He’s obviously not going to stick long in the bigs, but I’m sure he’ll enjoy the white balls for batting practice, the ballparks that are like cathedrals, the
hotels that all have room service, and the women who all have long legs and
brains.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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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.