Brian Cashman says Reggie Jackson wasn’t banned from Yankees, but was asked to stay away

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Brian Cashman said yesterday that contrary to reports Reggie Jackson wasn’t “banned” from being involved with the Yankees following his comments about Alex Rodriguez and performance-enhancing drugs.

However, the general manager did admit that the team asked Jackson to stay away during their first half-ending road trip to Boston to avoid distractions.

So, more like “asked nicely to go away for a while” instead of “banned.”

“I’d rather get it out of the way because as far as I’m concerned, it’s not a big deal anymore,” Cashman told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger. “If he’s not banned, there is no story.”

You’d be surprised, Brian …

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.