Orioles trade Joe Flacco’s brother to Red Sox

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Shortly after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP his brother, Orioles minor league first baseman Mike Flacco, said he might give up baseball to try football.

He later backtracked on that, saying he planned to continue playing in the Orioles’ farm system, but today the Orioles traded him to the Red Sox for cash considerations.

Mike Flacco isn’t really a prospect. For one thing he’s already 26 years old and has played just four total games above Single-A. For another thing he’s a first baseman with a .378 career slugging percentage.

But now there’s only one Flacco playing for a Baltimore sports team. And this gives some crazy headline-writer a chance to use “Baltimore trades Flacco!”

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.