Rosenthal: Dodgers “close” on Ricky Nolasco

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We learned yesterday that the Dodgers and Giants had both submitted offers to the Miami Marlins on starter Ricky Nolasco. According to the report, the Dodgers were willing to part with a pitching prospect and assume all of his remaining $5.7 million due this season. Ken Rosenthal has an updated report in which his source tells him the Dodgers have offered three prospects — “none upper echelon” — and that the two teams are close to an agreement.

The 30-year-old right-hander will have earned $11.5 million for this 2013 efforts and is eligible for free agency after the season. The Dodgers enter tonight’s game at 41-44, just 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West.

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.