Angels pick up GM Jerry Dipoto’s option for 2015

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Last year at this time Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on the hot seat, but now with the team in first place and headed for a 15-20 game improvement owner Arte Moreno has picked up his 2015 option.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Dipoto actually got the news in July, but decided to keep things quiet. His contract also includes a team option for 2016, but that has not been picked up yet.

Dipoto took over for Tony Reagins in October of 2011 after previously serving as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM.  His big free agent signings (Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson) haven’t really worked out, but having Mike Trout–who was drafted in 2009–around makes up for a lot of that and the Angels have a 251-212 (.542) record under his control.

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.