Giants “very close” to re-signing Javier Lopez

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Giants general manager Brian Sabean talked to the local media about various offseason doings today and revealed that he thinks left-handed reliever Javier Lopez is “very close to signing back with us.”

Sabean told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that “we are fully engaged with Lopez” and hope to have a deal finalized soon.

Lopez has long been one of the best left-handed specialists in baseball, posting a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with the Giants, including a 1.83 mark this year at age 35. Two years ago he signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal to stay with San Francisco.

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.