Random conversation overheard in the hallway here at the Meetings:
“So Melvin tells Kendall’s agent — ‘I got $2 million to pay a catcher. You let me know if you want it or not.’ Kendall thinks he’s worth more than that and says no. Jesus, what the hell does that guy think he’s worth? He thinks he’s gettin’ a number one job someplace?”
I agree with the guy 100%. And then I read that the Royals might give him a starting job. Oy vey.
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.