Top Giants prospect Gustavo Cabrera suffers a “horrific” wrist injury

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Outfielder Gustavo Cabrera, who the San Francisco Giants’ signed from last year’s international free-agent class, has sustained a horrific right wrist injury in the Dominican Republic.

The story, first reported by Ben Badler of Baseball America, with details added by Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, has Cabrera cutting his wrist severely on broken glass, possibly in a slip-and-fall, possibly by putting it through a window. Badler reports that the injury was gruesome and nearly led to his right hand being severed.

Baggarly’s sources, however, say that Cabrera has had surgery and, since he is likely destined to play in a league that begins in mid-season next year, he should be ready to go as scheduled.

Still: pretty crazy.

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.