Free agent starter Bruce Chen already has three suitors

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From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that free agent left-hander Bruce Chen has already drawn “serious” interest from three different clubs this offseason, one being the Royals.

Chen posted a respectable 3.77 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 25 starts during the 2011 regular season.

He only struck out 97 batters in 155 innings and he owns an ugly 4.52 career ERA, but the market for starting pitchers this winter is incredibly weak and the 34-year-old southpaw should benefit greatly.

Chen is known to be seeking a multi-year deal. His salary demands, however, are not yet clear.

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.