Eric Byrnes would love to play in San Francisco

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3105.jpgEric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants:

“It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes
said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit
geographically.”

Byrnes, who turns 34 next month, grew up a Giants fan and still keeps
an offseason home in the area. He’d be available to sign anywhere at
the league minimum once he’s officially released by Arizona.

The Giants are set with Mark DeRosa and Aaron Rowand in left
and center, respectively, and it looks like Nate
Schierholtz will finally be provided a chance for a regular gig in right. At least Byrnes is amenable to being a complimentary piece, telling Shea “I’m not in a position to say
I’m an everyday player.”

Byrnes batted .226/.270/.390 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases in 239 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season, but missed more than two months with a fractured left hand.
  

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.