Rays 'close' to getting Milton Bradley from Cubs

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs “are close to trading Milton Bradley” and “all indications are that he’ll be going to Tampa Bay.” Bradley has been linked to the Rays for quite a while now, with rumors swirling around various versions of a potential Bradley-for-Pat Burrell swap of unwanted contracts.
It’s unclear whether Burrell is actually involved at this point, but presumably the Rays would need to shed his contract before bringing in Bradley. Nightengale also notes that the Cubs will “try to sign either Mike Cameron or Marlon Byrd” once they trade Bradley. Cameron or Byrd in center field with Alfonso Soriano in one outfield corner and a Burrell-Kosuke Fukudome platoon in the other would make some sense.

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.