Quote of the Day: “2008 is getting to be long ago”

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Charlie Manuel reacts to the Phillies sell-off:

“Yeah, 2008 is getting to be long ago,” Manuel said. “I look up at the pictures up on the wall in our locker room and yeah, it’s getting to be a pretty long time ago.”

That sounds depressing, especially if, like me, you love Manuel.  But it’s not that gloomy. This article at CSNPhilly.com reminds folks of the last time the Phillies were in sell-mode. It was 2006, Pat Gillick said they’d compete again in 2008 and they won the whole damn thing.

Of course, Pat Gillick isn’t running things now, so perhaps expectations should be adjusted accordingly …

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.