Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista drew a seemingly innocent walk with two outs and his team up 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning facing right-hander Tony Zych. But because the Mariners’ middle infielders weren’t covering the second base bag and Zych’s mind seemed to be elsewhere, Bautista took second base uncontested.
Unfortunately for the Jays, Bautista was stranded on second base but they went on to win 4-2. Bautista finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.
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.