ESPN announced that John Kruk will replace Terry Francona as a “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst after Francona left the network to become the Indians’ manager.
Francona joined the broadcast this year after Bobby Valentine left ESPN to become the Red Sox’s manager, basically swapping jobs with Francona.
Kruk will join holdovers Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the three-man booth. He’s been part of ESPN’s studio team since 2004, appearing on “Baseball Tonight” and other shows.
And if Kruk gets hired as a manager next year you know something weird is happening in that booth.
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.