Angels release former first-round pick Trevor Bell

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Trevor Bell logged 95 innings for the Angels between 2010 and 2011, posting a decent 4.25 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio, but the 2005 first-round pick fell apart at Triple-A this season and yesterday he was released.

Bell is still just 25 years old, so the fact that he cleared waivers without being claimed shows how far his stock has fallen in a short time. And rightfully so, as he made 10 starts at Triple-A with an 8.27 ERA, more walks (24) than strikeouts (19), and seven homers allowed in 37 innings.

He should have no trouble securing a minor-league contract somewhere, but will have to work his way back to the majors without a 40-man roster spot and there’s reason to wonder if Bell is healthy after some past shoulder problems.

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.