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Houston Astros pitcher Jordan Lyles laughs after being hit in the face with a shaving cream pie after his first win of the season as the Astros defeatedt the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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.