Mark Teixeira to make his spring debut next week

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There have been multiple reports of Mark Texeiria being “stiff” or maybe being behind schedule. But we’ll know soon enough:

 

Teixeira’s effectiveness may be one of the more important things for the Yankees this year. If he hits even close to the way he used to, the Yankees are a strong contender. If he doesn’t or if he misses a lot of time, there’s a lot more pressure.

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.