Delmon Young thinks it’ll be a cakewalk now

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After being penciled into the third spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera in Detroit’s order in his first game as a Tiger, Delmon Young had this to say:

I’ve never been in that situation before, where I have a Hall of Fame-type player behind me

Except, you know, Jim Thome.  And hitting behind Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau doesn’t sound so bad either.

And why shouldn’t a guy hitting .266/.305/.357 with four homers in 305 at-bats get to hit ahead of a Hall of Famer? Of course, Young has never suffered from any sort of self esteem problems.

But we can pretty much guarantee this: the only way Young is going to see better pitches is by laying off the lousy ones.  It doesn’t matter whether he has Miguel Cabrera or Miguel Batista hitting behind him when he barely walks once a week anyway.

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.