“He’s like a beautiful woman, cursed by his natural gifts. You want more and more.”
— An unnamed scout talking about B.J. Upton in Ken Rosenthal’s latest article. Scouts live a solitary existence, driving from small town to small town. And yes, it gets lonely on the road.
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.