Addison Russell made a sweet snag, turn and throw last night to start a double play

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Starlin Castro has been the Cubs’ starting shortstop for the past five Opening Days. There’s a reason he doesn’t have that gig anymore. The reason is named Addison Russell:

 

The slide and pivot was like freakin’ ballet.

In other news, how bad do you think A’s fans wish they had him and Josh Donaldson back?

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.