Royals sign right-hander Yohan Pino

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This isn’t quite on the level of the reported Alex Rios deal, but the Royals announced today they signed right-hander Yohan Pino to a one-year, major league contract. Exact terms aren’t yet known.

Pino, who turns 31 later this month, made 11 starts for the Twins this past season and posted a 5.07 ERA and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. He had a 2.47 ERA and 72/24 K/BB ratio in 73 innings over nine starts and seven relief appearances in Triple-A. The move gives the Royals some rotation depth at the very least.

In order to clear a spot for Pino on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated right-hander Casey Coleman for assignment. The 27-year-old has compiled a 5.72 ERA over 26 starts and 32 relief appearances in the majors, including a 5.25 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio over 12 innings this past season.

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.