Arizona has successfully lured longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan out of retirement, but it won’t be to take over as the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Duncan will instead join the Diamondbacks organization as a special assistant because “he wasn’t ready to return to coaching full time.”
General manager Kevin Towers explained that he’s happy to have the 68-year-old Duncan on board in any capacity, saying: “It’s pretty much, ‘Hey, you set your schedule and we’d love to have you.'”
And now Duncan will help the Diamondbacks find their new pitching coach.
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.