Red Sox send Daniel Bard back to Double-A

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Daniel Bard’s latest stay in the majors lasted all of four days, as the Red Sox optioned the right-hander  back to Double-A.

Bard appeared in just two games and faced a total of six batters, allowing one run on two walks and one hit while striking out one.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that Bard “was not necessarily ready after making only eight appearances” in the minors, “but he was the only healthy reliever on the 40-man roster who was available at the time.”

So that tells you where he currently stands in the Red Sox’s plans.

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.