Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

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The Dodgers announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Miles will earn a salary of $500,000 if he makes the team.

As evidenced by the picture to the right, Miles is usually associated with other “gritty” utility-types. Too bad he does nothing particularly well. The 34-year-old batted .281/.311/.317 with zero homers, nine RBI and a .627 OPS over 151 plate appearances with the Cardinals last season. And while he can play both middle infield positions and third base, he has rated as a below average defender during his career.

Jamey Carroll is projected to be the primary backup infielder for the Dodgers, so Miles will likely compete with Juan Castro and Ivan DeJesus Jr. for one of the final bench spots.

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.