Alex Rios will miss a week with a thumb infection

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Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will sit out at least one week to deal with an infection in his right thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Given the Rangers’ position in the standings and the sudden resignation of manager Ron Washington, losing Rios hardly registers on the radar of concerns for the Rangers.

Rios, 33, has had a mediocre season at the plate, compiling his worst offensive season since 2011. In 521 plate appearances, he has mustered a .280/.311/.398 slash line with four home runs, 54 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. The Rangers have a $13.5 million option on Rios with a $1 million buyout for the 2015 season, which they will have to mull exercising. It’s the last leg of a seven-year, $69.835 million contract extension Rios signed with the Blue Jays in April 2008.

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.