Royals avoid arbitration with outfielder Justin Maxwell

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From the Royals’ official Twitter account …

No word yet on the financial terms but it will be a big raise either way for Maxwell, who made the MLB minimum in 2013. He asked for a salary of $1.7 million and was offered $1.075 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday. The two sides probably wound up meeting right in the middle.

Maxwell, 30, batted .252/.328/.436 with seven homers and six steals in 75 games last season between Houston and Kansas City. He’ll get semi-regular outfield starts this year, primarily against left-handers.

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.