Remember the “Bay State”? That magical time after the Red Sox had finally tired of Manny Ramirez‘s antics and fully embraced the Canadian import and former Pirates star Jason Bay?
Well, after a post-trade-deadline honeymoon and one full season patrolling the area in front of the Green Monster, Bay vaulted for Queens, signing a four-year $66 million contract with the Mets. At the time it was kind of a surprise the Red Sox didn’t make a stronger effort to retain Bay, as he was a popular player with a proven track record who had fit well in Fenway Park. Moreover, in the 2009-10 offseason the market had fallen out from under Bay, with his deal dwarfed by fellow left fielder Matt Holiday‘s seven-year, $120 million agreement.
In the three years since, however, Bay’s production seems to have justified the relatively undervalued contract that he initially signed. In short, Bay just hasn’t been good at all during his time with the Mets, as he owned a .687 OPS over just 288 games.
So, with a ...