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Rangers trade Jeremy Jeffress back to the Brewers

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Jerry Crasnick reports that the Texas Rangers have traded Jeremy Jeffress to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rangers will get right-hander Tayler Scott in return.

You’ll recall that Jeffress went from Milwaukee to Texas a year ago along with Jonathan Lucroy in exchange for Lew Brinson, Luis Ortiz and Ryan Cordell, who was the player to be named later. Texas unloaded Lucroy to Colorado over the weekend, and now Jeffress is heading back to his old club. Safe to say that trade didn’t work out the way the Rangers wanted it to.

Jeffress has had a terrible year in Texas, posting a 5.31 ERA and a 1.672 WHIP. He’s just been eminently hittable, allowing 10.8 hits per nine innings compared to a rate of 6.8 per nine a year ago.   He’s just a year removed from a 2.33 ERA and still carries two more years of team control, however, so the Brewers are obviously hoping a return to familiar scenery will do him well.

Scott is a 25 year-old Double-A reliever.

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.