Coors sells its minority ownership interest in the Rockies

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The ballpark will still be called Coors Field, but Coors is out of the Rockies ownership group. Sports Business Journal reports that the brewer has sold its 14.5% interest in the team:

“Molson Coors is proud of the role we played in bringing a Major League Baseball team to Denver and remains highly supportive of the Colorado Rockies,” the company wrote in a statement emailed to SportsBusiness Journal. “However, we have decided to sell our 14.5% stake in the team so that we can focus our resources more fully on building our global beer business. This transaction has no impact on the naming rights for the stadium, which will remain Coors Field.”

The new minority owner is Jay Stein, a developer from Scottsdale, Arizona who used to be part of the Padres ownership group. Control of the team, of course, remains with Dick and Charlie Monfort.

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.