Cardinals avoid arbitration with Marc Rzepczynski

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Marc Rzepczynski and the Cardinals have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal.

Rzepczynski requested $1.3 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility and the team countered at $900,000 after the left-hander threw 47 innings with a 4.24 ERA and 33/17 K/BB ratio.

It’ll be interesting to see what type of role Rzepczynski has this season, because he was much less effective last year than in 2011 and the Cardinals signed Randy Choate to be their left-handed specialist.

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.