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Report: Ernesto Frieri to sign with Yankees “hopefully tomorrow”

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Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that free agent reliever Ernesto Frieri worked out for the Yankees on Wednesday. The two sides are working on a contract that will be consummated “hopefully tomorrow,” Frieri said.

Frieri, 31, last pitched in the majors in 2015 with the Rays, finishing with a 4.63 ERA and a 19/11 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. The Rays designated him for assignment in June, then sent him down to Triple-A Durham when he cleared waivers. Frieri was with the Phillies last spring, but was released right before the start of the 2016 regular season.

Frieri’s contract with the Yankees is like to be of the minor league variety, so it will be a very low-risk investment for the team.

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.