The Indians name Matt Quatraro their assistant hitting coach

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A couple of years ago we had never heard of the concept of assistant hitting coaches. Now they’re everywhere. Matt Quatraro is now the Indians’ guy, the team announced today.

Quatraro was the Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Hitting Coordinator of the last four seasons. He also managed in the Rays system over four seasons from 2006-09.  He played in the Rays minor league system too. Indeed, he was the then-Devil Rays’ 8th round selection in the 1996 draft before topping out at Triple-A Durham in 2002. There’s no one more Rays-ful than Quatraro, I bet.

But now he’s in Cleveland.

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.