Rumor: Yankees are "definitely in for Lance Berkman" and "considering him seriously"

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After trading Roy Oswalt yesterday and getting a potential long-term first baseman back in Brett Wallace, finding a taker for Lance Berkman seems like the next logical step for the Astros.
Berkman has the ability to block a trade, but has indicated he’d be open to a move to a contender and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees “are definitely in for Berkman” and “considering him seriously.”
He’s previously been linked to the White Sox, although presumably only as a fallback option if Chicago’s pursuit of Adam Dunn falls through. Berkman is making $14.5 million this season and his contract has a $15 million option or $2 million buyout for 2011, so the Astros will definitely have to eat some money to make it work.

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.