Greg Maddux goes incognito to prank Kris Bryant

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This is a promo for Red Bull but who cares, it’s hilarious.

Kris Bryant thinks he’s just filming a normal commercial in which he takes batting practice. Before they can finish though, the kid throwing BP gets called away. The sound guy — a scraggly-lookin’ dude who doesn’t look particularly athletic — volunteers to step in and pitch. Bryant is dubious, but the sound guy does a good job. He even breaks off some nasty curves and cutters.

Because the sound guy is Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.

He doesn’t have his 1995 form or anything, but Bryant definitely had a harder time getting solid contact than he expected. “Sound guy has a pretty could curve,” the MVP says.

As far as pranks go, this was a pretty great one.

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.