Brett Hayes, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Earlier today the Royals dropped their backup catcher for the past four seasons, Brayan Pena, and now they’ve avoided arbitration with his likely replacement by agreeing to a one-year deal with Brett Hayes.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Hayes will get $600,000 in his first season of arbitration eligibility, which isn’t a bad score for a 28-year-old who’s never gotten even 150 plate appearances in a big-league season.

Kansas City claimed Hayes off waivers from Miami last month and he’ll be in line to back up Salvador Perez despite a track record that suggests he’ll be among the worst hitters in the league.

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.