Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/18/14
On Dec. 30, 2009 Jason Bay signed a 4-year, $66M deal with the Mets that included a $17.5M vesting option. You know I caught something Jason Bay said right after he arrived to Mets camp and spoke to reporters yesterday. “For everything I have done in my career, I haven’t done it in New York, and I completely understand that.” Lets expand on that a little… Check out these numbers I looked up last night… 2003-2009 (Pirates, Red Sox) 183 HR, 619 RBI, .914 OPS – $18.95 million 2010-2011 (Mets) 18 HR, 104 RBI, .723 OPS – $26.75 million It gets worse… Bay is still owed $16M in 2012, $16M in 2013 and he has a vesting option for $17.5M in 2014. For those of you who aren’t all that concerned about that vesting option, maybe you should be. Consider this from Brian Costa of the WSJ who puts that vesting option into perspective: In 2011, despite playing in only 123 games, Bay still amassed 509 plate appearances. So if he stays reasonably healthy for the next two years, Bay figures to occupy a m...

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