The Giants are going to leave Melky off the playoff roster

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It’s official. Or will be in a few minutes, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are going to leave PED scofflaw Melky Cabrera off their postseason roster.  Cabrera, Baggarly reports, is disappointed but will not file a grievance or anything of that nature.

Not that he’d have a leg to stand on.  The Giants are 25-12 since he was suspended.  The Giants have thrived despite his absence, and I would imagine that not many people on that team want him in the clubhouse for the playoffs.  I’m going to assume that, at the time of the suspension, Melky’s teammates feel like he screwed ’em over in some way.

And besides, if he were to file a grievance, Bud Selig would probably just find a way to suspend the grievance rules in this particular instance anyway.

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.