Greg Holland is still the Royals’ closer

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In a week where some closers have either lost their job are look like they’re about to, Greg Holland has dodged a bullet so far. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports:

“Holland’s our closer,” Yost said … in his first three appearances, Holland was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in two innings. In his lone save, at Chicago, he had to wiggle out of a self-inflicted two-on jam.

“He’s just been kind of a slow starter — he was last year, too,” Yost said. “Once he gets his feet underneath him, he’s lights out. We’ll adjust it out.”

There are a lot of live arms in the Royals’ pen, including Kelvin Herrera, if Holland gets any shakier.

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.