Cody Ross parlays big postseason into $6.3 million for 2011

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Cody Ross earned $4.65 million last season and was available to any team willing to claim him (and his remaining salary) off waivers in mid-August.

San Francisco made a claim, with some reports speculating they did so mostly to block San Diego from doing the same, and then Ross slugged five homers in 15 playoff games to help the Giants win the World Series.

Without that big postseason Ross probably would have gotten non-tendered last month and might still be looking for part-time work as a free agent, but the Giants decided they couldn’t possibly let him go after all those heroics and today avoided arbitration with Ross by agreeing to a one-year, $6.3 million contract.

If you consider $6.3 million some sort of tax on winning the World Series it looks like a bargain. However, if you consider $6.3 million simply the price the Giants are paying for a 30-year-old corner outfielder who hit just .269 with a .322 on-base percentage and .413 slugging percentage last season and is a career .265/.323/.466 hitter … well, it’s a pretty big overpay.

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.