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Rays acquire Trevor Plouffe from Athletics

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The Rays acquired infielder Trevor Plouffe on Saturday and will send a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Athletics, who designated their third baseman for assignment just two days ago. In a corresponding move, right-hander Matt Andriese was shifted to the 60-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his right hip. Plouffe signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the A’s for the 2017 season and is set to enter free agency following his run with the Rays. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Rays will receive over $2 million to cover the remaining $3+ million Plouffe is due for the rest of the year.

Plouffe, 31, was booted from Oakland’s roster earlier this week to make space for rookie third baseman Matt Chapman. He batted a meager .214/.276/.357 with seven home runs and a .634 OPS through his first 58 games with the A’s, a far cry from the .260 average he produced over half a season of games with the Twins in 2016.

The Rays aren’t hurting for third base options at the moment, with Evan Longoria firmly entrenched in the hot corner, but could use Plouffe as a bat off the bench or a platoon option with Logan Morrison at first base. He’s expected to join the Rays on Monday.

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.