Found November 09, 2012 on
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It’s the small moves that make a season and a team.
I admit, when the Giants picked up Ryan Vogelsong, I thought it was to sell tickets in Fresno. I was wrong.
When the Giants found Pat Burrell on the scrap heap, I expected it to be a non-factor in anything. Nope.
Cody Ross? It seemed like sacrificing a roster spot to stop a rival. Well, not just.
Marco Scutaro? A fine veteran bench player. Yea, well, much more than that.
It’s amazing how many of these guys the Giants have picked up and found a way to get good, and even great, things out of. I admit, I thought Huff still had something left (and got some credibility with people for seeing that). But I was in the minority. Almost every other move has been the kind of thing that surprised me. From the big busts like Burrell and Vogelsong, to the never-weres like Andres Torres, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias. They all have had such big contributions…
So, why not Jason Bay?
Bay has a Burrell feel about him, except for the lack of ridiculous amounts of groupies. He was never really an elite hitter, but he was a guy who’d hit above-average, and had the potential to lay out 20+ doubles and 20+ home runs. But with the Mets, he couldn’t do both in the same season even once.
Now, he’s cheap. And on the market. And the Giants need a left fielder.
Could the Giants coax one last year of a talent outburst out of him?
I have to imagine that Bay, having seen what the Giants have done with scrap heaps like him, is having major internal debates about this.
30-HR Bay: There’s power for a right-handed batter pulling the ball, and doubles if I go the other way.
.165-BA Bay: And we haven’t hit a home run there since 2006.
30-HR Bay: The Giants have gotten guys who have struggled for years to win again!
.165-BA Bay: Yea, for just one year, then they’re off towards retirement. They’re like talent-vampires.
30-HR Bay: But they won a world championship, without a closer, their star pitcher sucking, and a career minor-leaguer in left field during the playoffs! Imagine what they could do with me, even not at my best!
.165-HR Bay: That career minor leaguer still outhit us last year.
30-HR Bay: But the name! The name is perfect!
.165-HR Bay: It’d be perfect in Tampa as well, and a hell of a lot warmer.
That last note is of no small consequence. I can’t find the stories saying it, but I seem to remember Jason Bay saying he didn’t like the cold weather here. But, hell, things change.
I don’t know. There are some pretty good outfielders on the market, but at high costs. I suppose the Giants couldn’t do worse than a low-cost option to really improve the offense. But on the other hand, he’s Jason Bay. He was the Mets’ version of Barry Zito.
Well, now that’d really set him up for a playoff redemption.
It’s the small things, though. Which means, if it merits a comic strip being written about just the possibility happening, it’s not going to be a small thing, I guess.
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Jason Bay and the New York Mets today announced a negotiated early expiration of his contract. The agreement provides Bay his unconditional free agency while the Mets gain roster flexibility. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Jason is a great teammate, hard worker, stand-up guy, and true gentleman,” said Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon. “Like Jason, we had...
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...
Update 2:30 PM - This just in from Joel Sherman of the New York Post: The Mets will spread the remaining amount owed to Bay over the course of several years.
The Mets say they wouldn’t have done Bay buyout if didn’t give them the ability to spend more in ’13, otherwise they would just have tried again with Bay if that were case.
That means Alderson picks up some extra dough...
The New York Mets and outfielder Jason Bay have agreed to terms on an early termination of Bay’s contract with the club, the team announced Wednesday.
After severely underperforming since inking a four-year, $66 million deal with the Mets in the winter of 2009, Bay will now have an opportunity to rediscover his once stellar career. As a member of the Mets, Bay spent much of...
In a bit of shocking news out of New York, the Mets and outfielder Jason Bay have mutually agreed to part ways. Bay is getting his entire $17 million salary for 2013, as well as the buyout on his option in 2014 for $3 million, and $2 million owed to him as a signing bonus. When you look past the nice phrasing, it's essentially a straight up release.
Bay's tenure with...
For the Mets, three years of Jason Bay was enough. This afternoon, they announced that they have agreed to part ways with Jason Bay, meaning he’s being released from his contract. Joel Sherman has the details.
Bay is getting all $21M he is owed, the $16M salary, the $3M buyout and the $2M left on a signing bonus. Some is being deferred #Mets
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November...
Since leaving the Red Sox, Jason Bay has failed to duplicate his All-Star feats.
After three disappointing seasons in New York, Bay and the Mets announced they had agreed on a buyout that would terminate the outfielder’s contract two years early and grant him free agency.
“Jason has a tremendous work ethic,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “There was never any question...
Jason Bay and the New York Mets have come to terms on a contract buy-out.
On Wednesday the New York Mets announced they have reached a mutual agreement with outfielder Jason Bay to terminate the final year of the free-agent contract he signed with them prior to the 2010 season, and grant the veteran his unconditional release. Terms of the agreement have not yet been made public...
Well this has certainly been an interesting week for the Mets outfield.
On on hand, we have LF/RF Lucas Duda breaking his wrist while moving furniture and now Jason Bay has been thrown to the curb like a cheating girlfriend. Both of these happenings will have a significant impact on how this team moves forward.
Lucas Duda broke his right wrist while moving furniture in his apartment...
Tweet The revamping of the New York Mets has begun this fall, as the team will be parting ways with high-paid but often injured outfielder Jason Bay, according to Newsday columnist David Lennon: #Mets have negotiated an early separation with Jason Bay. He’s now an unrestricted free agent. No joke. — David Lennon (@DPLennon) November [...]
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A source tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com (via Twitter) that Jason Bay would be very interested in returning to the Red Sox. Earlier today, the Mets reached an agreement with the outfielder to make him...
Now that Jason Bay is gone, we can delve into some outfield options for the Mets. Will they make a big push to sign Melky Cabrera or Cody Ross? Will they attempt to re-sign Scott Hairston? Will they pursue a trade for Justin Upton or Shin-Soo Choo?
One outfielder who probably won’t be an option is Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the...
The Philadelphia Phillies have at least two holes to fill in their outfield for the 2013 season. Some combination of Domonic Brown, Darrin Ruf, John Mayberry Jr, Laynce Nix, and Nate Schierholtz should be able to adequately man one of the positions. Could the other two holes be filled with former division rival Mets Angel Pagan and Jason Bay?
Angel Pagan seems like a no brainer as...
This is all probably my fault.I bought this shirt in Boston in 2009. It was a day after I saw him hit a home run at Fenway Park. But it wasn't so much that I chose a Red Sox player out of thin air to help commemorate my trip to Fenway. What was going on in my head was "well, he's a free agent and when he signs with the Mets, I can wear this Red Sox shirt in public."...