Giants ink Pat Burrell to minor league deal

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Pat Burrell headshot.jpgThe San Francisco Giants announced on their official Twitter feed this afternoon that  33-year-old veteran outfielder Pat Burrell has been signed to a minor league contract.

Burrell will join up with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate from Fresno, California at some point this weekend and will try to work his way back to the majors from there.  He doesn’t exactly fit in with the Giants’ makeup right now, given that he’s more of a DH than an outfielder these days, but perhaps he’ll make a nice late-innings pinch-hitter at some point down the road.

Burrell was batting just .202/.292/.333 with two homers and 13 RBI over 84 at-bats when the Rays cut ties with him in the middle of May.  He is a .253/.362/.473 career hitter over 10-plus seasons.

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.