Delmon Young won’t be in Phillies’ lineup before mid-April

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Delmon Young has dropped enough pounds to collect his $600,000 in weigh-in incentives, but his recovery from ankle surgery will keep him out of the Phillies’ lineup until at least mid-April.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. delivered that news to reporters today while also saying that Young will play exclusively right field once he does return. Young hasn’t played an inning in right field since 2007 with the Rays, which should add to his usual adventures defensively.

Of course, as Amaro told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News: “He’s not a good left fielder, and he doesn’t want to play there.”

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.