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Ruben Amaro, Jr. will be the Mets’ first base coach


Former Red Sox first base coach Ruben Amaro, Jr. will now occupy that same role with the Mets, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. He’ll also be the base running and outfield coach.

Amaro, 52, was the Phillies’ general manager from 2009-15. His tenure there ended after several disappointing years and a deteriorating minor league system that forced the team to go into a rebuilding mode. In a rarely seen move, he went from the front office back onto the field in a coaching role with the Red Sox starting in 2016.

Amaro replaces Tom Goodwin, who had been the Mets’ first base coach and was recently hired by the Red Sox in the same position. In a way, the two clubs swapped first base coaches.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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7 Comments’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.