Mets Pay OF Jason Bay $21 Million To Walk Away

New York Mets news

Bay becomes a free agent with $21 million in his pocket

Sometimes relationships just don’t work out. Sometimes broken relationships can get expensive. Such was the case with the New York Mets and Jason Bay.

The two sides agreed to terminate Bay’s contract with one guaranteed season remaining. The deal makes Bay a free agent, and allows the team to spread out the $21 million it owes him.

Bay signed four-year, $66 million deal before the 2010 season. The three-time All-Star hit .234 in three injury-plagued seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBI, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBI this year.

Sidelined by concussions and rib injuries, he played just 288 games during his tenure with the Mets.

‘‘I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level. But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we would benefit from a fresh start,’’ Bay said. Bay was an All-Star in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He hit a career-best 36 home runs in his final season ( 2009) for the Boston Red Sox. Reportedly, he would welcome a return to the Red Sox.

Bay could be an attractive option for many teams including smaller market teams in the American League like Tampa Bay, as he is not expected to command a big salary on the open market. Bay would likely sign a one-year “prove you can still play” type of contract to re-establish himself.

The Mets are trying to gather resources to sign third baseman David Wright and ace R.A. Dickey to multi-year extensions, and the move to release Bay helps in that regard.

 


Latest News

Three-Way Trade Sends Souza to Diamondbacks and Drury to Yankees
Three-Way Trade Sends Souza to Diamondbacks and Drury to Yankees
Eric Hosmer Agrees to Eight-Year Deal with San Diego Padres
Eric Hosmer Agrees to Eight-Year Deal with San Diego Padres
Report: Eduardo Nunez and Red Sox Agree to Deal for One Year
Report: Eduardo Nunez and Red Sox Agree to Deal for One Year
Los Angeles Angels Plan to Use Shohei Ohtani in Six-Man Rotation
Los Angeles Angels Plan to Use Shohei Ohtani in Six-Man Rotation
Cubs Sign Free Agent Yu Darvish
Cubs Sign Free Agent Yu Darvish
Mother of Pittsburgh Pirates Player Elias Diaz Has Been Kidnapped
Mother of Pittsburgh Pirates Player Elias Diaz Has Been Kidnapped


One Response

  1. […] month the New York Mets terminated a contract  in an agreement with Jason Bay with $21 million remaining on this original $66 million […]

Leave a Reply

 
© 2006-2018 BBNS.