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Safeco Field will be getting a new name

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The Seattle Mariners and Safeco Insurance have announced that the naming rights deal for the M’s ballpark will not be renewed when it expires.

It was a 20-year deal when it was signed and the ballpark has been called Safeco Field since it opened in July of 1999. That lasts through the end of the 2018 season, after which the park will be renamed. The Mariners say they have begun talking with potential naming rights partners.

For what it’s worth, among the largest Seattle-based companies are Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Costco and Alaska Airlines. You have to figure that one of those will be the winner. At least if companies like that consider naming rights to be a good investment. Which I’m not entirely sure it is.

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.