Tragic news out of the Dominican Republic.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, Orioles minor league infielder Ramon Ramirez was killed Saturday in his native country when a motorcycle being piloted by Ramirez was struck by another vehicle. That’s all the information available at this point.
Ramirez, who would have turned 24 years old next month, spent the 2015 season between the Gulf Coast League Orioles, the Low-A Aberdeen IronBirds, and the High-A Frederick Keys.
Our condolences to his friends and family.
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.