Johan Santana may not be back until August or September

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The timeline for Johan Santana’s return has been a bit of a moving target. At one point early in the process we heard May.  Mostly we’ve heard June and July.  Now Buster Olney is hearing that it could be as late as August or even September before the Mets’ ace is back on the hill.

Really, though: are there any Mets fans who expected Santana to make a significant contribution this year?  In some ways, isn’t it better if everyone resigns themselves to Santana not being an important part of the 2011 Mets, allows him to come back slowly and then be prepared and fresh for 2012?  Shoulder surgeries like he had are pretty major.

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.