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.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?