Cardinals choose cash instead of players to complete July swap with Blue Jays

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As part of July’s eight-player swap with the Blue Jays that was headlined by Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson the Cardinals received three players to be named later or cash considerations.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that St. Louis has opted for cash instead of players in all three instances, although the exact dollar amounts are undisclosed.

Obviously the players to be named later were never going to be much more than marginal prospects, but it’s still somewhat surprising to see a team choose money over multiple minor leaguers.

Perhaps the players/cash choice was tied in part to the Cardinals’ performance following the trade and winning the World Series meant they basically told the Blue Jays to forget about sending them anyone else. St. Louis certainly isn’t short on money after letting Albert Pujols walk.

Whatever the case, the final tally is Rasmus, Brian Tallet, Trever Miller, and P.J. Walters for Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson, and cash.

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.