Mike Napoli lost out on a three-year deal due to a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. But Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that the condition was caught early and is not supposed to get worse over time. Indeed, his doctor says Napoli “has a very good chance that that hip will heal and he’ll go on to a long productive career.”
That may make Napoli feel a little better, but he’s still out $34 million in guaranteed money after the diagnosis.
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.