The Rangers trade for Indians minor leaguer Kelvin De La Cruz

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This isn’t a big trade, but not a lot else is going on:  The Rangers acquired lefty Kelvin De La Cruz from the Indians for cash considerations.

De La Cruz is 23 years-old. He has started all but 12 of his 105 minor league games in the Indians’ system.  He strikes out a fair number of guys but walked six men per nine innings last year in Double-A.

As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out, however, he has been pretty tough on lefties, so he may have a future as a lefty bullpen specialist, so maybe we’ll see him pop up in the Rangers’ bullpen at some point.

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.