D'Backs ink Mike Hampton to minor league deal

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is reporting that the Diamondbacks have signed veteran left-hander Mike Hampton to a minor league contract.

Hampton hasn’t pitched in a minor league game since August of 2009 and is coming off major shoulder surgery.  To expect anything from him, then, would be crazy, but it’s a nice low-risk move for the Diamondbacks, who have seen a lack of consistency from their bullpen and starting rotation this season.

The 37-year-old southpaw posted a 5.30 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 21 starts last year for the Astros.  He could make it to the majors in September if he pitches well for the next few weeks at the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nevada.

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.