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Phillies reportedly “zeroing in” on Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan as their next skipper

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Phillies are “zeroing in” on Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan to take over as the big club’s manager.

Wathan has managed the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs for one season, where he went 80-62. He has managed at every level in the Phillies organization, with stops at Single-A Williamsport, Single-A Lakewood, Hi-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading before taking over at Lehigh Valley last September. Before his coaching career he spent 14 seasons in the minos as a player, and had a brief cup of coffee with the Kansas City Royals in 2002

Wathan, who is 44, is the son of former Royals manager John Wathan.

There has been no official announcement from the club yet, but it would make a lot of sense to give the job to a man who, over the past several seasons, managed the players the Phillies will count on in the next few years as they climbed the ladder to the bigs.

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.