Mariners sign 12th overall pick D.J. Peterson

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Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have agreed to terms with their first-round selection from last week’s 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, University of New Mexico infielder D.J. Peterson.

No word yet on the financial terms of the deal.

Peterson, 21, batted .408/.520/.807 with 18 homers and 72 RBI in 55 games this season for the Lobos while playing primarily at third base. He’s the highest draft pick in the UNM baseball program’s history.

Kyle Davis of Lookout Landing published a pretty enlightening writeup about the kid last week.

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UPDATE, 8:15 PM ET: Jim Callis of Baseball America says Peterson received a $2.759 million signing bonus from the M’s. That was the exact recommended figure for the No. 12 spot in this year’s draft.

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.