A handy sabermetric primer

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Some of you are statheads. Many of you aren’t.  I don’t care what you are, but I do hope that if you take issue with sabermetrics that you at least know what the hell it is you’re criticizing.

To that end, go read Amanda Rykoff’s very useful yet very accessible sabermetrics primer over at espnW.  It’s great, with one minor exception:

Let’s start with a pretty straightforward metric: OPS (pronounced: opps, not oh-pee-ess).

Um. I’ve been pronouncing it “oh-pee-ess” for years. And I really don’t think I’m gonna stop.  I’m just gonna do what British people do when they mispronounce something: do it loudly, do it clearly, do it with confidence and don’t give a single damn that they are doing it incorrectly, to the point where the person who deigns to correct them starts to think they’re wrong.

Anyway: good read. Go read it.

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.