Rays drop Game 162 hero Dan Johnson

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Dan Johnson saved Tampa Bay’s season with his homer in Game 162, but the first baseman was left off the playoff roster and yesterday the Rays outrighted him from the 40-man roster.

Johnson refused an assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent at age 32.

Aside from the dramatic Game 162 homer against the Yankees Johnson hasn’t had much success–or much playing time, period–in the majors recently, hitting just .167 in 82 total games since 2008.

However, prior to that he a was a productive regular for the A’s and Johnson has batted .288 with 43 homers in 191 games at Triple-A between 2010 and 2011. He’d be a useful role player on quite a few teams, but Johnson will probably have to settle for a minor-league deal and try to hit his way back to the majors.

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.