Josh Hamilton leaves the team due to vision, sinus problems

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Josh Hamilton has missed the last two games with sinus trouble so severe that it has affected his vision.  They’ve gotten so bad now that he had to leave the Rangers’ road trip last night and is flying back to Texas to be examined by team doctors.

If he ends up missing the entire Rangers-Mariners series this weekend it does two things:

(1) it opens the door for Miguel Cabrera to pass him in the home run race, bolstering his chances at the triple crown; and

(2) renders those “Josh Hamilton is soft” comments from John-Jacques Taylor even more odious than they were yesterday.  The guy could have something pretty seriously wrong with him here.

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.