Rangers negotiating contract extension with Jon Daniels

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Rangers president Nolan Ryan said last week that the club was going to make it a priority to work out a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels before spring training. It sounds like they are going to make good on that promise.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported last night that the Rangers are talking to Daniels about an extension, a report which was confirmed by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas this morning.

Daniels, who has been the general manager since 2005, has one year remaining on his current contract. There were some tiny rumblings that Daniels was going to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract in order to interview for the Mets general manager job, but that possibility was rendered moot once the Rangers played deep into October. Considering that the Mets could be on the brink of a change in ownership themselves, Daniels is better off staying put, anyway.

The Rangers still have some other issues to resolve prior to spring training, namely the contract situation with the arbitration-eligible Josh Hamilton, but an extension for Daniels seems like a foregone conclusion at this point.

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.