Rockies place Jason Giambi on DL with viral infection

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Colorado opted to shift Michael Cuddyer to first base rather than turning to Jason Giambi as the fill-in for an injured Todd Helton and now Giambi has joined Helton on the disabled list anyway.

Giambi was placed on the shelf with a viral infection and the 41-year-old told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s been feeling sick for the past three weeks.

His last start was July 1, but Giambi was relieved that “they found something” via blood tests because he was worried “it was just Father Time catching up with me.”

Whatever chance the Rockies had of trading Giambi before July 31 is now gone, although his potential value as a bench bat was pretty minimal anyway.

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.