Pat Burrell may rejoin the Giants as a part-time coach

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Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant.

Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to figure something out” to bring him back into the fold.

Based on reputation alone Burrell might seem like an odd fit for an immediate return to coaching, but Haft writes that “his selective plate approach impressed the Giants and prompted their desire to add him to their staff.”

True enough, as Burrell averaged 92 walks per 162 games during his career and posted a strong .361 on-base percentage despite a sub par .253 batting average. He spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Giants and was part of the championship team in 2010, although he went 0-for-13 in the World Series.

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.