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Bay declines Red Sox latest contract offer

Dec 12, 2009, 3:58 PM EDT

Things are about to get interesting. Rosenthal:

Jason Bay’s tenure with the Red Sox appears over.

The free-agent left fielder has rejected the team’s latest offer and is entertaining better proposals from other clubs, according to his agent, Joe Urbon.

“We don’t agree with their evaluation of the player,” Urbon said. “Frankly, we have other offers on the table that are of greater interest to Jason.”

It’s unclear whether the Red Sox tendered a new offer for Bay, or if this is the same four-year, $60 million offer previously reported by Jon Heyman of

As detailed this morning, the Mets
offered a backloaded four-year, $63 million offer for Bay before
leaving the winter meetings. It’s possible that one of the offers of
“greater interest” are from the Mets, but they’ll surely have to add
another year to close the deal.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    This is really fun. They’re going to have Bay feeling like Kirk Gibson before this is over. All these teams offering this guy contracts they must know he’ll shoot down. You have to wonder if this isn’t just some new, post-prosperity form of “collusion” coupled with a touch of Russian roulette: under the “cynical ploy” scenario outlined below, none of these teams really wants the guy, but he’s gonna wind up choosing one whether it wants him or not. Then what will the….Mutts do? They’ll feel like the board members of that advertising agency at the beginning of Putney Swope.

  2. john pileggi - Dec 12, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Bay is going to get a deal, but it will not be significantly above what is om the table. When it gets to the point of being close to “Holliday money”, teams will simply call Boras and make the offer to Holliday. Bay will get a great contract and it will be with the Sox, Mets, or Mariners.

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