Dice-K ready to rejoin Sox; Wakefield to bullpen

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dice-k and wakefield.pngDaisuke Matsuzaka has looked fairly impressive in three minor league rehab starts at Triple-A Pawtucket.  The next time he takes a mound, he will be donning a Red Sox uniform, and will be a member of Boston’s starting rotation. 

Of course, that means one of the current members of the Red Sox’ five-man rotation must be bumped to the bullpen, and WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford heard from a source Thursday evening that it’s going to be Tim Wakefield. 

Wakefield, a veteran knuckleballer, has posted a 6.38 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through three starts this season.  Clay Buchholz, also considered for a demotion, has compiled a 1.50 ERA through his first three stats.  Despite what Red Sox manager Terry Francona may tell the Boston media, the decision was almost certainly an easy one.

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.