Sullivan once hit two triples in one inning. It was the first time anyone had done that in over 50 years. In 2007 he lost the Rockies’ starting centerfield job to Willy Tavares, which has to be somewhat humbling. For his part, Reed was the minor league player of the year in 2003 and was a thrown-in on the J.J. Putz trade. He was also born in San Dimas, California, a city whose name I cannot read without thinking of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
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.