Reds and Logan Ondrusek strike two-year deal to avoid arbitration

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds and right-hander Logan Ondrusek have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract. Terms haven’t been disclosed.

Ondrusek was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so the agreement buys out his first two years of eligibility. He remains under team control through the 2016 season.

Ondrusek, who turns 28 in February, posted a 3.46 ERA and 39/31 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings last season. With a 3.45 ERA over his first three seasons in the big leagues, he has seemingly carved out a nice niche for himself as a middle reliever, but he’s unlikely to have similar success moving forward if his walk rate continues to increase annually.

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.