The Rangers and Josh Hamilton are making progress

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A week ago we mused about whether the Rangers will play the drug addict card in an arbitration with Josh Hamilton.  Most signs, however, are pointing to us never finding out, as the Rangers and him are making progress on a deal.  Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine:

“I would characterize our communication as very open and strong. Needless to say, we may have slightly different opinions, but we’re working through things and with each call we’re making progress.”

The current spread between what the sides are proposing is $3.3 million.  You have to figure that a $1.65 million compromise by each side to avoid the headaches that a potentially sticky arbitration might cause.

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.