“Dale Sveum: the Anti-Bobby V.”

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It’s been hours since we posted something about Bobby Valentine. Was getting the shakes. Thank goodness for Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com, who reminds us that the guy managing the Cubs could have very easily been managing the Red Sox:

Sveum got a second interview with the Red Sox and appeared to be a favorite before the Cubs closed the deal last November and the Boston brass went in a totally different direction.

Judging only by Sveum’s flat tone, never-defensive mannerisms and easy-going confidence – which are the same almost every day – you would have trouble telling whether he’s managing a team that’s headed toward 100 wins or 100 losses.

Well, we must note, it is 100 losses and they will do far worse than the Red Sox this year.  No arguing that point at all.  One wonders, though, if a guy with a connection to that clubhouse and a different sort of temperament like Sveum has would have stood a better chance than Valentine stood. Which was basically zero.

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.