Marlins’ new park 50% done, premium tickets selling quickly

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Marlins president David Samson has teamed up with MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro to provide fans (and casual onlookers) with an inside look at the progress of the club’s new ballpark construction.

According to the most recent update, the new park is nearly 50% complete and premium season tickets for the stadium — set to open in 2012 — are nearly sold out.

367 of the 379 seats in the all-inclusive Diamond Club, set up right behind home plate, have been claimed for the entire 2012 season.  216 of 296 seats in the Dugout Club, which hugs the first- and third-base lines, have also been purchased for 2012.

The Marlins are confident that the new stadium will be filled throughout its debut season, which should allow them to expand their payroll.  Whether the fans will continue to pour in is another matter and may have more to do with wins and losses than anything.

Check out more on the retractable-roof stadium’s progress over at MLB.com.

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.