Cubs designate Nate Schierholtz for assignment

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Last season around this time the Cubs decided not to trade Nate Schierholtz in the middle of a career-year. Today they designated him for assignment, dropping him from the roster after the 30-year-old outfielder hit just .192 with six homers and a .541 OPS in 99 games.

Schierholtz was always a strong bet to decline after smacking a career-high 21 homers last season, but from 2010-2012 he’d posted a decent .725 OPS.

He’s stretched as a regular, but Schierholtz has generally been solid when used as a platoon starter against right-handed pitching. He was eligible for free agency after this season anyway, so the Cubs are merely parting ways a couple months early.

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.