Brad Lidge's circular reasoning

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Despite a ton of blown saves and a bloated ERA, Brad Lidge remains optimistic. What’s more,  he thinks he know what his problem is:

He said one of the problems had been working with runners on base.

“I haven’t been as effective coming out of the stretch, and that is
what I am working the hardest on.  The biggest thing is working on the stretch, and when that
happens, I will be back to where I need to be, and I don’t think that
it’s that far off.”

But Brad: You’re a closer who comes in at the start of the ninth, pitching out of the windup.  if the stretch is the problem, how are all those guys getting on base in the first place?

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.