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Report: Athletics letting teams know Ryon Healy is available via trade

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have been letting teams know that 1B/3B Ryon Healy is available via trade.

Healy, 25, finished up the 2017 regular season batting .271/.302/.451 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 605 plate appearances. He spent close to equal time playing first base and third base. With the emergence of Matt Chapman and Matt Olson at the infield corners in the second half, Healy moved to DH. Chapman and Olson now make Healy expendable.

Healy won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season, so an acquiring team will have five years of team control. If the A’s do find a trade partner, they would likely make Khris Davis a full-time DH. Slusser notes the A’s are looking for relief pitching.

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.