Avisail Garcia robbed baseball fans of potentially free baseball when he retrieved a Chris Davis home run ball from beyond the fence in right field during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Orioles. David Robertson was in to protect a 3-2 lead when, with one out, Davis smoked a 1-0, 92 MPH fastball for what appeared to be a game-tying homer, but Garcia had other ideas.
Play of the year candidate? You betcha.
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.