Roy Halladay kept the hat, jersey, ball, lineup card and pitching rubber from his perfect game Saturday against the Marlins, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. He also received a call from vice president Joe Biden after the game, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb. Oh, and he showed up to the ballpark at 8:30am this morning, ready to do side work and prepare for his next scheduled start.
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.