The Nationals may be in denial about Kasten's resignation

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The Nationals just released a statement regarding Stan Kasten’s resignation. In it, Ted Lerner, the team’s owner, says the Nationals “will continue to call upon Stan Kasten . . .”

I know the team is in trouble without Kasten, but given that they don’t even know what the term “resignation” means, they may be in more trouble than I even realized.

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.