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Tigers to hire Chris Bosio as new pitching coach

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The Tigers are expected to announce Chris Bosio as the new pitching coach, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Ron Gardenhire was recently hired as the manager and some changes in the coaching staff were expected. Rich Dubee had been the pitching coach for the last two years but will not return in that role.

Bosio was the Cubs’ pitching coach since 2012, but was fired on Monday. Manager Joe Maddon reportedly grew displeased with him. Some credit Bosio with Jake Arrieta‘s emergence into an ace as well as having a hand in the development of Kyle Hendricks.

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.