Most of you probably know this, but Jason Bay has agreed to four-year, $65 million contract with the New York Mets with a vesting option for a fifth year that could push it over $80 million.
There were some Mariners fans who held out hope that Bay might sign with Seattle. Bay is a native of British Columbia, he played at Gonzaga, his wife is from Kirkland and the couple live there in the offseason. GM Jack Zduriencik did have some preliminary talks with Bay’s representative, but nothing went much beyond that.
To be honest, I like Bay as a player. I thought Fenway was a perfect fit for him. But I doubted that his power translated well to Safeco Field.
Yes, the Mariners still need plenty of offense, but I don’t know that Bay would have been able to give them the production needed. It certainly wouldn’t be the type of production he had with the Red Sox, and certainly not the production that you would pay more than $16 million a year.
So Jason Bay can be crossed off your free agent wish list, and it might be best in the long run.
MONDAY UPDATE: Here’s some reaction to the signing, starting with Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, who was critical of the Mets.
It would have been far more prudent to save the money they guaranteed Bay on Tuesday and find a 10-cent copy shop. There, somebody could have taken the transaction record on Bay’s career, highlighted a pair of dates and illustrated the precise problem with the Mets today and, really, for the past decade.
Buster Olney writes that the criticism of Bay’ s defense was a little skewed because of his reluctance of playing balls off the Green Monster.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post writes that the Mets will regret this signing.
Instead, the Mets turned to a player who by all indications wanted to be a Detroit Lion or Los Angeles Clipper more than a New York Met. But the dollars never materialized anywhere else.
Bob Klapisch writes that the Mets still need to add more pieces besides Bay.
But until Minaya makes his next move, it’s impossible to view the Bay signing as anything other than a pleasant but less than franchise-changing transaction. In fact, the agreement gives off the scent of desperation, considering the Mets had done so little this off-season.
Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald calls Bay’s new team “a nightmare.”
And now he signs with the Mets, a team with big-market bucks and big-market fans who expect a winner, but a team in desperate need of a good, old-fashioned organizational housecleaning.
Daniel Baberisi of the Providence Journal writes that the Red Sox will have a void left in their offense.