The Marlins drop "Florida"

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From their road jerseys at least. They’ve dropped the Marlin-jumping-over-the-F thing from the sleeve too.  This comes in advance of the team renaming themselves the “Miami Marlins” once they move into their new park in 2012.

I like the name “Miami Marlins” because alliteration rocks.  I also hope that the team puts “Miami” on the roadies come 2012 because that would be cool.  I don’t like this “Marlins” interregnum, however, as I think there should be a federal law requiring teams to put city or state names on their road jerseys.

I reckon that this is just lame “branding,” brought on by a fear that people will forget what Miami is or that they’ll accidentally drive to Tallahassee for Marlins games or something.

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.