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Notes: Jason Bay reaches deal with Mariners

JASON BAY: Injury-plagued with Mets
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JASON BAY: Injury-plagued with Mets

A person familiar with the deal said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that free agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached a one-year contract with the Mariners.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement by the team.

The 34-year-old Bay is hoping to resurrect his career with the Mariners after three injury-plagued seasons with the Mets.


Last month, Bay and the Mets agreed to terminate his contract with one guaranteed year remaining on his $66 million, four-year contract. The agreement let the Mets spread out the $21 million they still owed him.

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Bay hit .165 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs last season. He was slowed by concussions and rib injuries while with the Mets and played only 288 games in three years.

Bay, who played 200 games with the Red Sox in 2008 and ’09, is familiar with the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in British Columbia and went to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.

Blanton, Angels agree

The Angels agreed to a $15 million, two-year contract with righthander Joe Blanton, according to a source. The deal includes a team option for 2015, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. The Angels also agreed with reliever Sean Burnett on an $8 million, two-year deal, pending a physical. The 30-year-old lefthander was 1-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 70 games last season for the Nationals . . . The Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez agreed to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract, pending a physical. In addition, the Diamondbacks reached an agreement on a one-year deal with catcher Wil Nieves. The 34-year-old Chavez hit .281 with 16 homers in 278 at-bats for the Yankees . . . Free agent outfielder Nate McLouth has rejoined the Orioles with a one-year contract worth $2 million. The 31-year-old McLouth revived his career with Baltimore last season, hitting .268 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs and helping spark the Orioles to an AL wild-card spot . . . Lefthander Jeff Francis agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Rockies . . . Lefthanded reliever Randy Choate and the Cardinals agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract . . . Utility infielder Jeff Keppinger agreed with the White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.

Jeter’s ankle feels good

Derek Jeter says his surgically repaired broken left ankle feels good and he expects to be the Yankees’ starting shortstop on Opening Day. Jeter was at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night to surprise more than 500 children from New York City at his Turn 2 Foundation’s holiday party . . . The Braves exercised their 2014 option on the contract of manager Fredi Gonzalez . . . Barry Larkin wants to keep baseball’s most exclusive club clean. Inducted into the Hall of Fame last summer after a 19-year career with the Reds, Larkin told the AP in a phone interview that players who cheat shouldn’t receive baseball’s highest individual honor . . . Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he's shifting 65-year-old former manager Gene Lamont from third base to bench coach in a move designed to give him "a great baseball mind who will be there with me," acccording to the Detroit Free Press . . . The Tigers traded lefthander Andy Oliver to the Pirates for catcher Ramon Cabrera . . . Padres righthander Andrew Cashner cut a tendon in his right thumb during a hunting accident and probably will start the season on the disabled list. It comes on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement by Cubs manager Dale Sveum that he was OK after former teammate Robin Yount accidentally shot him in the right ear and back with pellets during a recent quail hunt in Arizona.