Nationals name John McLaren interim manager, but will pick new guy (Davey Johnson?) by Monday

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As expected, John McLaren has officially been named the Nationals’ interim manager following Jim Riggleman’s resignation yesterday, but apparently he’s not long for the job either.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that McLaren will manage the team this weekend but “general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.”

Most of the speculation so far has centered on Davey Johnson ultimately getting the full-time job. Johnson managed the Mets to a World Series win in 1986 and has a .564 winning percentage in 14 total seasons for the Mets, Orioles, Reds, and Dodgers.

Johnson is currently working in the Nationals’ front office, but hasn’t managed since going 86-76 with the Dodgers in 2000 and is 68 years old.

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.