The first big move of the general managers' meetings was a subtraction. Only the New York Mets could announce such a thing and consider it progress.
The Mets cut ties with underperforming outfielder Jason Bay on Wednesday, describing it in a news release as a "negotiated early expiration of his contract." Here's what that means: Bay will receive every penny of the $21 million remaining on his contract, but he will do so over a longer time period and while playing for another team -- if one will have him.
While acknowledging that $21 million in sunk costs can only be viewed as something short of a complete financial disaster, the Mets (and Bay) deserve credit for extricating themselves from a relationship that had been equally unfulfilling for both sides. Bay had a miserable three seasons in Flushing, managing a meager .687 OPS. He averaged only 96 games per year, largely because of recurring concussions.
The Mets gain near-term payroll flexibility at a time when they need to must...