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Cardinals hire Mike Maddux to be their pitching coach

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Mike Maddux was the Washington Nationals pitching coach under Dusty Baker. He was not himself let go when Baker was fired, but he was not under contract either. You snooze you lose, so the St. Louis Cardinals have swooped in to get one of the most respecting pitching coaches in the game. The report comes from Ken Rosenthal.

St. Louis fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist at the end of the 2017 regular season, so Maddux steps in.

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.