Matt Williams on Nationals firing: “You can wallow or move on, I decided to move on”

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James Wagner of the Washington Post caught up with Matt Williams, who was fired by the Nationals one year after being named NL Manager of the Year and is now the Diamondbacks’ third base coach.

Williams played for the Diamondbacks, previously coached for the Diamondbacks, and lives in Arizona, so he told Wagner that “it’s nice to sleep in my own bed at night … it’s a good situation.”

As for being let go by the Nationals despite a .552 winning percentage in two seasons at the helm, Williams said:

It was tough to hear. You want to do as well as you possibly do. It is what it is. That’s the way I look at it. You have choices. You can wallow or move on. I decided to move on. … I did the best job I could do. Tried to make the decisions that were appropriate on any given day.

Williams received a lot of criticism last season and much of it was warranted based on both his shaky in-game tactics and complaints about his losing the clubhouse. However, he certainly handled his firing with class and, even now, Wagner notes that Williams stopped short of getting into any specifics about how he feels wronged or who else is to blame.

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.