Tim Wallach has a spot on Don Mattingly's coaching staff

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Tim Wallach was passed over for the Dodgers’ managerial opening in favor of Don Mattingly, but Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that “he will be a part of the Dodgers’ major league staff in 2011, either as bench coach or third-base coach.”
Assuming, of course, that Wallach isn’t hired to managed elsewhere.
According to Jackson he’s already signed a contract with the Dodgers for 2011, but “has made no secret of his desire to manage in the majors and at least one team has asked the Dodgers for permission to interview him.”
Beginning his managerial career with Wallach more or less already waiting in the wings would seem like a tough spot to put Mattingly in, but keeping Wallach in the organization would be a good move by the Dodgers given how highly thought of he seems to be and how skeptical many people are of Mattingly.

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.