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Red Sox weighing alternatives to Bay?

Nov 21, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT

Jon Heyman of “tweets” that the Red Sox may stay in touch with Jason Bay, however “competing execs believe they’re looking at hard at alternatives now.” Before hitting free agency, Bay reportedly rejected a four-year contract offer from Boston worth approximately $60 million.

Speaking of alternatives, Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reported on Friday that the Red Sox inquired about four of Scott Boras’ clients
— Matt Holliday, Rick Ankiel, Adrian Beltre and Mike Gonzalez. Holliday
would be a more expensive alternative to Bay, however he is also viewed
as a superior player.

  1. Malcohm McGregor - Nov 21, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Jason Bay is an excellent baseball player. Great defense, speed and can hit with power. He does have some chinks in his armor. He strikes out too many times. He has trouble with the outside portion of the plate and swings at pitches that are 6 to 10 inches off the plate. Along with his high strikeouts he needs to hit at least 45 home runs a year. If he lays off the outside pitch he can easily hit 45 home runs during the season and increase his RBI totals. The Red Sox should try everything possible to sign Jason Bay to a solid contract.

  2. willmose - Nov 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    How could Bay turn down not quite J D Drew money from Boston? Drew gets 5 years @ $15 mill per, Bay is offerred 4 years @ $15 mill per.

  3. Grant - Nov 22, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    This is quite literally the first instance I have seen of Jason Bay being called a good, much less “great,” defensive player. Good to know that someone, even an anonymous internets person, believes.

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