Yankees sign Jared Burton

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Right-hander Jared Burton has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees that includes an invitation to spring training.

Minnesota declined its $3.6 million option on Burton in December, making him a free agent.

Burton was strong setup man for the Twins in 2012 and part of 2013, but his velocity and performance slipped in late 2013 and that continued in 2014. Overall last season he posted a 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.

At age 34 he’s certainly still capable of being a solid middle reliever.

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.