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Adrian Gonzalez is done for the year

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The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is done for the season.

The reason: Gonzalez’s wonky back, which tightened up again following the win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. As far as final games go, Gonzalez’s 2-for-4 night, which featured a solo homer, isn’t too shabby. The homer was his final at-bat of the season, in fact.

The season, though, was eminently forgettable for Gonzalez. On the year he hit .247/.287/.355 with three homers and 30 RBI in 71 games. He missed a huge chunk of the season with a bad elbow. His injury did, however, provide an opportunity for rookie Cody Bellinger, however. The slot opened up for him opened the door for his sure-thing Rookie of the Year campaign and coincided with the Dodgers playing their best baseball of the season. Soon after Gonzalez came back on August 18 the club swooned.

Not that those things are necessarily related, of course. It’s just to say that the Dodgers have shown that they can be OK without Gonzalez.

 

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.