Free agent outfielder L.J. Hoes has been suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse, MASN’s Steve Melewski reports. It’s the second time Hoes has tested positive.
Hoes, who turns 27 years old next month, spent the 2016 season with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. He hit .242/.318/.331 with six home runs and 33 RBI in 443 plate appearances. Hoes had spent the past two and a half seasons with the Astros.
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.