Quote of the day: "Brett Favre's f–d it up for everybody"

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Billy Wagner recorded his National League-leading 50th game finished last night, vesting a $6.5 million option for the 2011 season, however he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s no Brett Favre:

“I’m retiring. I don’t know how to say it in a
politically correct way, that anybody’s going to believe me.”

“Until I don’t show up next year, nobody’s going to believe me. Brett Favre’s f–ed it up for everybody.”

It’s not like we’d complain if he stuck around. Wagner has an incredible 1.68 ERA, 30 saves and a 77/15 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings this season. With two strikeouts on Friday night, Wagner tied Jesse Orosco for the most strikeouts ever (1,169) by a left-handed reliever. He should be all alone at the top soon enough.

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.