Mets Won’t Eat Jason Bay’s Contract

After announcing that Jason Bay will be a platoon player for the Mets, General Manager Sandy Alderson says that he won't absorb the final season of the veteran's contract.  The Mets allegedly discussed a change of scenery deal with the Marlins for Bay but the Mets aren't looking to part ways with the outfielder.

"Certainly, there are times when it is appropriate to eat a contract," Alderson told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.  "There are other times when it is not. Jason Bay is not going anywhere, nor is his contract."

Bay, 34 in September, is hitting just .154/.248/.285 with five homers in 149 plate appearances in 2012.  The outfielder is set to earn $16MM in 2013 and has a $3MM buyout on his $17MM 2014 season.


49 Responses to Mets Won’t Eat Jason Bay’s Contract Leave a Reply

  1. Superbrain786 3 years ago

    Oh yes! Jason Bay is staying! Party at nobody’s house!

    • Blue387 3 years ago

      I should warn you. I’m a mean drunk.

    • Infield Fly 3 years ago

      Jason Bay is staying! Party at nobody’s house!

      Correction: Party in DC, afterparty in Atlanta! :-/

  2. indybucfan 3 years ago

    Wow, talk about falling off a cliff! Bon appetit` Sandy!!

  3. jwsox 3 years ago

    oh man remember when he was one of the great hitting outfielders in the game?

  4. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    I would like to point out that Matt Holliday was available in the same offseason as Jason Bay. Furthermore, some people were actually higher on Bay than Holliday.

    • I dont remember the exact figures but not including Bay’s ’14 option that will not vest, Holliday got basically double what Bay got. Cards took a risk too but its paying off.

      By the way…is Matt Holliday the most overshadowed, underrated player in baseball? Another quiet but outstanding year

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Still might be FT in the AL. They got a good glimpse of him at Oakland for an extended period and it was not pretty.. *now** Sure, it could have been just him playing at a extremely pitcher friendly stadium and NOT at Mile high, or St. Louie, both tilted to hitters.. But IMO.. GM’s in the AL were kind of gunshy.

      I do think he could have put up decent numbers (maybe needed a year’s worth of acclamation) in a offensive friendly stadium, like fenway where Epstein gave him that 24hour, 5/75m take it or leave it offer which he and Boras declined.

      However? I don’t think he would be putting up near the numbers he is now at say.. Safeco, Oakland, Chavez Ravine, Petco and??? Citi Field.

      • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

        I feel he stands a good chance to putting up similar numbers in almost all stadiums given the kind of hitter he is….opposite field…high average…quick bat. Some of the line drive homers might suffer making it look like his power would be down…but he’d be banging out a ton of doubles.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Was basing it on how he scuffled some at Oakland. As recall (going from memory here) when he 1st cam to the Al, he was awful the 1st month or so and it took him until like mid May to pick it up. probably sort of get used to the league and then the stadium hurt him as well.

          I *do* think he could have done decent at Fenway, maybe not right away, but he would have done decent.

          • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

            He might have been fighting a nagging injury at that point as well..if I remember correctly. In my mind he’d be the reverse image of Adrian Gonzalez at Fenway.

      • Jeffy25 3 years ago

        You do realize that busch stadium favors pitching, not hitting, right?

        • joeyd1966 3 years ago

          The old Busch favored pitchers not the new one.

  5. I guess Sandy’s threshold is somewhere around .080/.150/.180. Its coming

  6. vtadave 3 years ago

    Guess that if BP or another site wrote an article around when it IS appropriate for a team to cut bait on a guy that is already a sunk cost, then the name Jason Bay would be front and center as an example, along with other illustrious contracts such as Juan Uribe’s.

  7. sherrilltradedooverexperience 3 years ago

    Should be titled Sandy Alderson Is Bluffing

  8. bigpat 3 years ago

    Is there any particular reason why he became so horribly bad at baseball? I feel bad for him because he’s a good guy but man he’s killing the Mets. They are probably praying he retires so he can be done stealing paychecks.

  9. tomymogo 3 years ago

    Even for free, who would want Jason Bay, really??

  10. FamiliaTerritory 3 years ago

    By Sandy Alderson’s logic, this just means that Bay’s good as gone come the offseason. This is the same man who proclaimed that the Mets were “buyers” and moves were to be made, like getting a backup catcher and relief help, but alas, we got absolutely NOTHING. He just sat there when it was obvious for months on end we needed help with relief pitching and watched the Mets sink like the Titanic through July to say “We are sellers”. What a joke.

  11. Melvin McMurf 3 years ago

    bay for wells???

  12. Karkat 3 years ago

    But it’s so rich in fiber!

  13. Erich Krems 3 years ago

    Why would any team want an outfielder that bats .154? Any GM has at least 10 of these in AAA and AA for the league minnimum salary. Sandy’s got to eat his salary because no one else would even play him much less pay him!

  14. Glad the Sox didnt resign him, they got Crawford instead, this mini hot-streak aside, a much better deal. I’d laugh if I wasnt crying. (inside) haha

  15. BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

    They’ve already eaten it. They’re only looking for something to wash it down.

  16. mwagner26 3 years ago

    Not even with ketchup?

  17. Jason Bay used to be so good. What happened to him?

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      In 2 words?

      Citi Field.

      • Dylan 3 years ago

        Citi Field makes him miss 40-60 games a year?

        • txftw 3 years ago

          Citi Field does things to a man…….

          • halflink123 3 years ago

            David Wright’s doing OK though. If a 6 WAR season is good enough

      • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

        in four words? No More Green Monster.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          You had better come up with a reasonable explanation then for his great 4 years in Pittsburgh then previously, which am pretty sure you can’t since fenway is all were able to earlier…

          • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

            for you what´s the diference between Citi Field and PNC Park?

    • Guest 3 years ago

      he was never that good, overrated, especially by the Mets

  18. num1nymets 3 years ago

    Contract goes right up there with Ollie and Luis.

  19. Just_Da_damaja 3 years ago

    When will angry Met fans finally see that its the Wilpons that have been pulling the strings all these years…

  20. BaseballBeisbol 3 years ago

    I remember Bay specifically saying he didn’t want to play in NY when he was a FA. They tossed huge money at him and he took it. What an awful decision it has been for his playing career.

  21. Guest 3 years ago

    and they fans get to skip going to the stadium for another year, both sides get what they want

  22. Blue387 3 years ago

    They signed Carl Crawford!

  23. Karkat 3 years ago

    I remember how angry I was after he left for the Mets. Ahahaha

  24. johnsilver 3 years ago

    As bad as CC’s contract “could” be in years 6 and 7? He is showing after finally getting on the field this year the guy he was with the Rays..Talent Bay never showed NY in 3 seasons that he had previously with both Pittsburgh and Boston and going from the pathetic numbers this year (if he doesn’t escape citi field) never will in 2013.

  25. they’re both awful contracts, and Bay has been absolutely worthless…but at least Bay is being paid about 80 million less over its duration. Crawford will never play at a level equal to 80 million over 7 years. He was horrendous in year 1, has barely given anything in year 2, and like you said, just wait until years 6 and 7. So he might give you 3 “good” years – it won’t be worth 80 million.

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