Cardinals GM John Mozeliak issues statement on report that Oscar Taveras was drunk

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has issued a statement on the recent report out of the Dominican Republic that outfield prospect Oscar Taveras was heavily-intoxicated during his fatal car crash …

“We have seen the media reports regarding Oscar Taveras that have come out this afternoon, but have yet to receive any official notification from the Dominican.  Until we have the opportunity to review the official report, we cannot confirm details.  While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won’t change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy.  We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate our players that they must take responsibility for themselves both on and off the field.”

Oscar and his 18-year-old girlfriend died October 26 when Taveras’ car smashed into a tree in the Dominican.

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.