UPDATE: D’Backs nearing two-year contract with Geoff Blum

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The Diamondbacks are about to get… older.

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Arizona is close to agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Geoff Blum.

The veteran Blum posted a poor .267/.321/.356 batting line, two home runs and 22 RBI in 202 at-bats for the Astros this year and they rewarded that effort by declining his $1.65 million mutual option at the end of the regular season.

He played first base, second base, third base and shortstop, but he lacks the range to truly be considered versatile.

The good news for D’Backs fans is that Blum will come cheap — cheaper than the $1.65 million that he would have made in Houston — and likely represents a slight offensive upgrade over the utility infielders that populated Arizona’s 25-man roster throughout 2010.

Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers expressed a desire earlier this month to bring in a few veteran bats.  He moved quickly to satisfy that goal.

UPDATE: Gilbert now says that the deal is for two years and could be announced as soon as Friday.  Without knowing the financial details, it’s safe to say that new D’Backs GM Kevin Towers is not off to a good start.

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.