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Cancer survivor Chad Bettis to make 2017 debut on Monday

2 Comments’s Thomas Harding and Patrick Pinak report that Rockies starter Chad Bettis will make his 2017 debut on Monday. Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer last November and underwent chemotherapy in the spring.

Bettis said, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the many people who were positively affecting me the whole time. I know that I will be carrying it forward, more than just on a pitch-by-pitch basis. I couldn’t be where I am without them.”

Last season, Bettis finished with a 4.79 ERA and a 138/59 K/BB ratio in 186 innings across 32 starts. He’ll be joining a Rockies team that finds itself in the playoff hunt, entering Sunday tied with the Diamondbacks for both National League Wild Card slots.

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.