Kevin Correia will turn down the Padres’ arbitration offer

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Kevin Correia will turn down San Diego’s arbitration offer but is still interested in potentially re-signing with the Padres, according to agent Damon Lapa.

Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration offers, and as a Type B free agent Correia will fetch the Padres a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds should he sign elsewhere.

After a strong 2009 that saw him post a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts Correia struggled this season and was yanked from the rotation in September, finishing with a 5.40 ERA in 145 innings.

His decision not to accept arbitration is somewhat surprising, as doing so would have guaranteed him at least the $3.6 million salary he earned in 2010. Either the market for the 30-year-old right-hander with a 4.57 career ERA is better than it seemingly should be or the Padres and Correia worked out one of those gentleman’s agreements beforehand to ensure he’d decline the arbitration offer if they made it.

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.