D-backs sign Jackson to $13.35 million deal

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SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks and arbitration-eligible right-hander Edwin Jackson have agreed to a two-year, $13.35 million contract.
The pact takes Jackson up to his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old asked for $6.25 million and was offered $4.6 million for 2010 when figures were exchanged last month. With a midpoint between those two totals coming in just north of $5.4 million, the Diamondbacks are essentially buying out his last arbitration season for about $8 million.
The Tigers put Jackson on the market this winter largely because they thought it’d be expensive to sign him beyond 2011. The Diamondbacks were unable to do a deal that took care of any free agent seasons, but given Jackson’s erratic track record, that’s not such a bad thing. It likely would have taken north of $35 million to sign him for four years, and he’s just not worthy of that kind of commitment yet.

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.