It’s not just the Angels. ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reports that the Blue Jays are making a play for Chapman too, and it’s more than just talk:
The Toronto Blue Jays
held a private workout for the touted Cuban pitcher Thursday morning in
Florida, then met with his representatives, a source close to Chapman
told ESPN The Magazine.
Between this and the Angels thing — and the fact that, as Arangure reports, Chapman’s agents are currently in Florida, where they don’t reside — suggests that Chapman could be signed very, very soon.
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.