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Dodgers trade Carlos Frias to the Indians

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The Cleveland Indians have acquired righty Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Frias was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Brett Eibner, who himself is likely to be organizational depth, so it’s not as if L.A. valued Frias all that greatly. As it was, the 26-year-old spent most of the season in the minors, posting a 3.95 ERA and 32/11 K/BB ratio in 43.1 innings between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has pitched 33 big league games over the past three seasons — 15 of them starts — with a 4.50 ERA and a 75/34 K/BB ratio in 114 innings.

Frias will presumably compete for a spot in the Cleveland bullpen this spring. Cash Considerations, who has been traded to every team in baseball at one time or another, should probably take a good look in the mirror and think about finding a different line of work.

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.