Quote of the Day: Buster Olney joins the Manny Ramirez hit parade

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“He apparently lacks a basic level of professional integrity that hundreds of millions of people have in their jobs.”

Buster Olney’s view of Manny Ramirez, voiced in the course of making the case for Ramirez’s 2011 employer to give him a really, really low base salary with heavy incentives.

I think this is a massive, massive overstatement. Have you seen the unemployment numbers? There is no way “hundreds of millions of people” have jobs anymore.

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.