The Rays designate Ernesto Frieri for assignment

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In the offseason the Rays made a scrap-heap pickup out of Ernesto Frieri, signing the former Angels closer to a one-year deal worth $800,000 in guaranteed money and another $2.35 million in potential incentives. The incentives did not work too well:

Frieri posted a 4.63 ERA over 23 and a third innings and struck out 19 while walking 11 and allowing 20 hits. That’s just way, way too many base runners for a reliever to allow.

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.