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Tigers sign Pedro Martinez, Jr.


MLB.com’s Ben Weinrib reports that the Tigers have signed Pedro Martinez, Jr. — son of the Hall of Famer who pitched for the Red Sox, Expos, and Mets, among others — as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic.

Martinez, Jr. is 17 years old, right-handed, and listed at 6’2″. He plays third base and some first base and hasn’t shown any interest in pitching. Martinez said, “I don’t really like pitching. I’ve been keeping up with the bat so far. I don’t feel any need to change.”

Martinez’s signing bonus is not yet known, but Weinrib notes that his family was expecting it to be in the six figures.

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.