Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree to a one-year deal

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Earlier this week Lance Berkman said that it was all about the money. So the Cardinals came through with the money: they’ve agreed to a one-year deal. The terms have not been disclosed, but some people are tweeting around that it’s a $12 million deal. We’ll update if and when that number is confirmed.

Which is probably right for a guy who has hit .300/.412/.555 with 31 home runs, 91 RBI and a .967 OPS.  You don’t go $12 million in average annual value for him over any long period of time, but for one year? Sure, why not.

Next up: The Cardinals focus on Albert Pujols.  Given that they’re on a winning streak in every way imaginable right now, is there any doubt that gets done before Thanksgiving?

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.