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Report: Bay turns down Boston's $60 million offer

Nov 19, 2009, 12:31 PM EST

SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that Jason Bay has turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Red Sox and will officially hit the open market.
Not a shock, certainly. Bay was never going to accept $60 million, whether he ends up remaining in Boston or going elsewhere, and there was little reason for him to accept a deal of any kind before at least seeing what other offers are available.
As general manager Theo Epstein put it: “It’s not a surprise that a player that’s gone this far wants to see what’s out there.”
The assumption is that a) Bay would like to re-sign with Boston, b) the Red Sox are legitimately interested in bringing him back, and c) Epstein and company could turn their attention to Matt Holliday at some point if the market for Bay is crowded. Interestingly, the Cardinals have indicated that they aren’t interested in pursuing Bay if Holliday decides to leave St. Louis, so the left fielders simply swapping teams is highly unlikely.
As noted by Matthew Pouliot in his excellent, in-depth preview of this offseason’s free agent outfielders, once you get beyond Bay and Holliday there isn’t much available in terms of big bats. Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jermaine Dye are the best of the rest, but all come with question marks that could have teams that miss out on Bay and Holliday instead turning to the trade market for lineup help.

  1. Cru11 - Nov 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    If theyre not willing to give Bay more than 60 million then why would they after to Holliday when we all know him and Boras are going to demand way more than that figure? Plus Bay has proven that he can hit in the AL East.

  2. jeff - Nov 19, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    it’s all part of the game. they will go higher but not for more years. it’s a back forth negotiation. it all depends on the offers other teams make. this is why the sox and yanks always have their names in the hat of the big players regardless if they want them or not – it drives the price up for the team that does sign that player so your rival has less money to spend on other players. just stay tuned – it’ll play out all winter long!

  3. paul kaplan - Nov 19, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    The Sox will probably lose Bay and wind up signing a few so-so players. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees wind up with either Bay or Holiday.So it goes,the Yankees get quality and the Red Sox wind up with quantity.

  4. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    I don’t blame Bay for being insulted. It’s like Robert Wagner explained to Dr. Evil in one of the few perceptive moments in the otherwise unwatchably stupid Austin Powers I: sixty million dollars just isn’t a lot of money anymore. The Borg understand this and that’s why Bay will most probably be made Borg soon – and it looks to me like that’s what he wants anyway. The Borg understands the intricacies of eight figure mind control better than any other species of baseball team, and they probably learned it from the same Mayan astronomers who are still laughing their asses off down in Xibalba about the “2012″ goof they left out for us when they shut down their pyramids and climbed back aboard their flying saucers.
    As a matter of fact, if you read the glyphs correctly, they merely predict that the Borg will win the world series again in 2012 – and to the Harvard-based Beanbag fan archaeologist who translated that stela, that sounded like the end of the world.

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