Chuck Garfien of SportsNet Chicago sat down with Frank Thomas today and the subject of Jermaine Dye came up. Seems Dye told Frank Thomas that he’s considering retiring. For his part, Thomas “told him he’s crazy.”
In a world where even Mike Sweeney has a job, you’d think Dye wouldn’t be so glum about it all. Maybe he’s tired. My kids always get a bit cranky when they’re tired.
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.