After being dropped in the lineup and then being benched way more than a man making what he’s making is usually benched, there was a lot of speculation that the Rockies were going to try to unload Brad Hawpe. Not so, says Dan O’Dowd: “We have no desire to move [Hawpe] at all.”
That vote of confidence may very well save a lot of teams from doing stupid things like trading for Hawpe to be their centerfielder. Whether holding on to him is good move for Colorado is another thing altogether, however.
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.