Found August 12, 2012 on Mets360.com:
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The Boston Red Sox placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers Friday, giving life again to clamoring by fans of the New York Mets to deal for the righty-hitting catcher they targeted before the trade deadline. But what’s really interesting is that the Shoppach news has also reborn some of the Jason Bay to the Red Sox debate, especially in a deal for underperforming Carl Crawford. Let’s be clear about things here. This is not a trade for talent; this is a trade about money, change of scenery and risk. I’m not here to pretend Bay’s .150 batting average and 7 extra base hits in 2012 are better than Crawford’s .267 average and 10 extra base hits. Rather, it’s a question of Crawford’s future, and if he is poised to become the next Jason Bay. Bay signed a four-year/$66 million deal in December 2009. That includes a $17 million vesting option for the fifth year if he has 600 plate appearances in 2013 or 500 plate appearances in both 2012 and 2013, or a $4 million buyout if he doesn’t. Th...
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