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MLB has still not ruled on Hunter Strickland’s appeal

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It’s been 18 days since the Hunter Strickland-Bryce Harper fracas. Since that time suspensions were issued to both players, with Strickland getting a six game suspension, four for Harper. Harper then appealed his suspension, had it reduced to three games, and served his time. Strickland also appealed, but Major League Baseball has STILL not ruled on it.

This is kind of messing with the Giants, given that the moment MLB comes back with its decision on his appeal, he’ll have to start serving it. That means the team is going into each night’s game not necessarily knowing if they’re going to have their player or not. Players and managers talk a lot about being prepared, but this is making it difficult to know who he might have available and who he’ll have to lean on on any given night. That limbo is OK for a few days, but it’s been over two weeks with this here.

What gives, MLB? How hard could this possible be?

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.