Brian Wilson can’t sign with the Yankees because he won’t shave his beard

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You can cross at least one contending team off the list of potential Brian Wilson suitors, via Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger:

Brian Cashman says you can rule out the Yankees signing Brian Wilson. His agent told team he won’t shave beard. True story, Cashman says.

Hey, a man needs principles in life.

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.