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The Nationals interviewed John Farrell

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Washington Nationals interviewed former Red Sox manager John Farrell for their managerial opening today.

Rosenthal — and others covering the Nats’ manager search — says, however, that Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is still the front-runner for the job.

Farrell previously interviewed with the Phillies since being fired by the Red Sox, so it’s possible that, even if Martinez gets the job, he may have a job when the music stops.

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.