Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/14/12
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Are there positives to signing Bay? Despite a flurry of rumors, the Seattle Mariners had a quiet close to the winter meetings. The one big deal seemed to be the signing of Jason Bay to a 1 year deal. After a disappointing three seasons with the New York Mets, what should the M’s be expecting from Bay heading into 2013? Possible power potential If the Mariners are hoping for any offensive boost from Bay it’s going to be through power. From 2004-2009, Bay hit 181 home runs while accumulating 596 RBI. In four of those six seasons Bay had 30 or more home runs—his career high was 36 in 2009. He’s also topped 35 doubles twice in his career with a career high of 44. But after moving to the Mets—and Citi Field—Bay’s power was devoured by the pitcher-centric ballpark. In 2011—Bay’s healthiest season in New York—the right-hander hit just 12 home runs in 123 games. Bay’s power numbers in Seattle will come down to two things: health and the dimensions of Safeco Field. Low-average batting averag...
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