Rangers, Marlins talking Josh Johnson; price very high

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With four days left to go before the trade deadline, Josh Johnson’s status remains up in the air. ESPN’s Jayson Stark had a source tell him Wednesday that there was a “95 percent” chance that Johnson was staying put in Miami. USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale sees things differently, however.

Sources have told ESPN.com that the Marlins are asking for a team’s two or three best prospects in a Johnson trade, and that most teams have simply laughed it off and gone elsewhere. The Rangers apparently haven’t bolted so quick, though there’s still next to no chance that they’ll be giving up shortstop Jurickson Profar in a Johnson trade. If something does get done there, the top name involved figures to be third baseman Mike Olt.

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.