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The Cubs and Rockies made a minor trade

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired pitcher Eddie Butler and international bonus slot No. 74 from the Colorado Rockies for pitcher James Farris and international bonus slot No. 28. The trade of international slots adds $255K to the Rockies’ international signing pool.

Butler was once a top prospect but his star has faded. In parts of three big league seasons in Colorado he’s posted a 6.50 ERA with horrendous hits allowed totals. He’s been pretty bad in the high minors too. Maybe getting him off the Colorado/Albuquerque Shuttle of Pitcher Death will help him out.

Farris was a 9th round pick of the Cubs in the 2014 draft. In 88 minor league games, all in relief, he has posted a 2.90 ERA and has a strikeout rate of 10.7 per nine innings pitched. He spent last year in Double-A.

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.