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.


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49 Comments on "Mets Won’t Eat Jason Bay’s Contract"


Superbrain786
3 years 27 days ago

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

Blue387
3 years 27 days ago

I should warn you. I’m a mean drunk.

Ian Masterson
3 years 27 days ago

I see what you did there.

Infield Fly
3 years 27 days ago

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

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

indybucfan
3 years 27 days ago

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

jwsox
3 years 27 days ago

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

corey23
3 years 27 days ago

no.

East Coast Bias
3 years 27 days 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.

3 years 27 days ago

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 27 days 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 27 days 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 27 days 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 27 days 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 27 days ago

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

joeyd1966
3 years 25 days ago

The old Busch favored pitchers not the new one.

3 years 27 days ago

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

vtadave
3 years 27 days 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.

Jeffy25
3 years 27 days ago

Vernon wells

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 27 days ago

Should be titled Sandy Alderson Is Bluffing

bigpat
3 years 27 days 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.

tomymogo
3 years 27 days ago

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

MatzMatics
3 years 27 days 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.

Melvin McMurf
3 years 27 days ago

bay for wells???

johnsilver
3 years 27 days ago

Wells is a deep subject and I don’t think anyone wants to go down that far…

Karkat
3 years 27 days ago

I love you sometimes.

Melvin McMurf
3 years 27 days ago

what if the angels throw in 20 bucks

WeDontNeedToFinPracticeRANDY
3 years 27 days ago

Hmmmm

Karkat
3 years 27 days ago

But it’s so rich in fiber!

Erich Krems
3 years 27 days 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!

3 years 27 days ago

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 27 days ago

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

mwagner26
3 years 27 days ago

Not even with ketchup?

3 years 27 days ago

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

johnsilver
3 years 27 days ago

In 2 words?

Citi Field.

dylanp5030
3 years 27 days ago

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

txftw
3 years 27 days ago

Citi Field does things to a man…….

halflink123
3 years 27 days ago

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

Eduardo Medina
3 years 27 days ago

in four words? No More Green Monster.

johnsilver
3 years 27 days 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 26 days ago

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

Guest
3 years 26 days ago

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

num1nymets
3 years 27 days ago

Contract goes right up there with Ollie and Luis.

Just_Da_damaja
3 years 27 days ago

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

BaseballBeisbol
3 years 27 days 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.