Theo Epstein: “No immediate plans for an announcement”

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Terry Francona met with Theo Epstein and Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner this morning, but so far at least there’s no news on his expected departure as Boston’s manager.

Epstein issued the following statement:

John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway Park to exchange thoughts and information on the 2011 season and discuss areas for improvement going forward. We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting. There are no immediate plans for an announcement.

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that bench coach DeMarlo Hale was also at Fenway Park this morning and notes that “Hale presumably would be a leading contender for the managerial job if Francona were not to continue.”

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.