The Phillies send Domonic Brown to minor league camp

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This was pretty inevitable, but the Phillies have shipped Domonic Brown to minor league camp.

As Matt Gelb notes, injuries had a lot to do with it. He hurt his hand, his thumb and his neck at various times.  Though his less-than-spectacular, albeit short, stints in the bigs didn’t help either.  To his credit, Brown seems to have the right attitude about it:

“I’m going to go down there, play hard, and that’s it,” Brown said. “I really don’t have anything else to say. I was not expecting it, but keeping it in the back of my mind.”

Seems to me that his upcoming time with the Iron Pigs is more important to him than any cameos in Philly might.  If he can show he’s healthy and can be productive, the prospect shine may come back and Brown may be useful, either with the Phillies, or as a bit of change-of-scenery trade bait.

If not: he’ll be a guy who turns 25 this year who was never quite able to make it over the hump, and will likely have “fourth or fifth outfielder” in his future.

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.