Bye bye Bay
Mets fans got an early Christmas present when the team reached an agreement with outfielder Jason Bay to part ways.
Under the agreement, Bay will receive the entire amount he is owed by the Mets, but will allow it to be paid over a period that may extend over several years, said a person with knowledge of the terms of the deal. By spreading out the payments, the Mets will gain some immediate payroll flexibility, but whether it will be enough to allow them to pursue a notable free agent — something the Mets were not expected to be able to do — remains to be seen.
As far as I know, Jason Bay is a decent person. He never gave me a reason to question his effort on the baseball field. But it became painfully clear this summer that Bay could no longer play the game at the major league level. If another organization gives him a shot, maybe the change of scenery (and expectations) will help. Unless that organization is the Long Island Ducks, I don’t think it’s terribly likely.
Without knowing the terms of the buyout deal, it’s impossible to guess if it means more resources for Sandy Alderson to use to fill the gaping holes in the 2013 roster. But at least we know we’ve seen the last of Jason Bay grounding out weakly to shortstop for the New York Mets.
Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be the highlight of the off-season.