Red Sox acquire versatile Eric Patterson from Oakland

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The Red Sox lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday to a fractured foot.  On Saturday they lessened the blow of that loss, aggressively acquiring utilityman Eric Patterson from the A’s in exchange for minor league left-hander Fabian Williamson.  This according to the Boston Herald.

Williamson isn’t much of a catch for Oakland.  Since coming over from Seattle in a 2009 trade involving David Aardsma, the 21-year-old southpaw has made very little progress in the minor league ranks.  He had a 3.72 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP through 65.1 innings for Single-A Salem at the time of Saturday’s swap and has never even sniffed Double-A.  He may have trouble working his way up the ladder to the major leagues.

Patterson is no prize, either, but he has played some second base in the big leagues and can fill in for Pedroia at the position until the Red Sox come up with a better alternative.  He was hitting just .204/.255/.408 with 11 extra-base hits in 103 at-bats when the A’s designated him for assignment last week.

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.