Nationals not interested in Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

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Last month some reports linked Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols to the Nationals, but that can safely be ruled out now.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to a Nationals source who classified the team’s alleged interest as “not even a good lie.”

Washington already has $8 million committed to Adam LaRoche at first base, although he’s a question mark after missing all but 43 games with a shoulder injury.

Obviously if Pujols or Fielder feel like lowering their demands the number of teams legitimately in the mix for them would increase, but right now the market for the slugging first basemen seems pretty well defined as just 2-3 teams apiece.

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.