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Diamondbacks sign Rubby De La Rosa to a two-year minor league deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have re-signed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa to a two-year minor league contract.

You don’t see a lot of two-year minor league deals for veterans, but De La Rosa is a unique case, as he just underwent hi second career Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2018 season. While a lot of clubs might just cut bait on a guy in that situation, the Dbacks obviously think he’ll have something left when he’s healthy again and want to keep dibs on him if he does.

De La Rosa, 28, has a 4.49 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 421.1 major league innings. He’s flashed electric stuff at times, but that stuff has come at the expense of his elbow ligaments. See you in 2019, Rubby.

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.