Justin Upton will not be part of any “blockbuster” trade for a pitcher

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Last night Ken Rosenthal reported the potential for a “blockbuster” deal involving the Diamondbacks. That deal, Rosenthal speculated, could involve Justin Upton and could be for a big name pitcher, names currently unknown.

The Dbacks may make a blockbuster move, but according to Bob Nightengale, it won’t include Justin Upton:

 

It was probably too strong to say “rumors of Cliff Lee or Felix Hernandez,” because none of that has been reported as possible or even likely, but the reiteration that Upton is off the table is useful. It tells us that, in all likelihood, the word “blockbuster” may be too strong.

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.