Brewers preparing offer to re-sign Craig Counsell

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General manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that the Brewers will make an effort to re-sign Craig Counsell and plan to send his agent a contract proposal during next week’s winter meetings.
Last offseason Milwaukee declined a $3.4 million option on Counsell and then re-signed him for just $1 million, but the 39-year-old is reportedly drawing significantly more interest this time around after hitting .285/.357/.408 in 130 games for his highest OPS since 2000.
Counsell has spent four of the past six seasons in Milwaukee after going to high school there and seems unlikely to land an everyday job elsewhere, so returning to the Brewers as an oft-used utility man will probably appeal to him quite a bit.
Alex Cora and the Mets seemingly set the going rate for veteran backup infielders with a one-year deal for $2 million with a vesting option for 2011, but Counsell is a better defender and significantly better hitter. Barring a multi-year deal, something like $3 million seems about right.

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.