The Mets sent $5 million to Milwaukee with K-Rod

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Joel Sherman supplies us with some more details regarding the Francisco Rodriguez trade to Milwaukee.  He says that the Mets have sent $5 million to the Brewers.

Which makes total sense, of course. It basically gives the Brewers the money to pay K-Rod’s salary for the rest of the year, though they still have to pay his $3.5 million buyout.  For the Mets, paying any amount short of around $8.5 million means that they’ve saved money this year (salary plus the buyout), and of course, eliminating even the possibility of Rodriguez’s gigantic option from vesting next year is a plus.

In other news, one of ESPN’s Twitter feeds said this this morning:

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Hmm: you have a great closer already, and even if, for some reason, you decide to replace him with a worse one, it’s gonna cost you, like, $14.5 million.  Wait! Don’t make me answer yet! I’m still thinking!

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.