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Four teams after Bay? Really?

Dec 22, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

Rosenthal and Morosi report that, rather than the Mets-only show it has appeared to be so far, there are as many as four teams in on Jason Bay: the Mets, Mariners, Giants
and Angels.

Not that there is any stunning movement here or anything. The FOX guys note that the Mariners have no real need or desire to go long on a corner outfielder with prospects Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley in the pipeline. The assessment of the Giants’ chances tells a less than compelling story: “it’s ‘not
impossible’ to envision them signing Bay or Matt Holliday.” The Angels don’t have an unlimited budget, and if the dish in Aaron’s last post is
to be believed, they’re spending a chunk of it on yet another expensive reliever.

We pass this all along because that’s our job here, but personally, I’m not going to believe that Bay is going anywhere but to Queens and Holliday is going anywhere but St. Louis until someone reports that serious talks are actually happening, because both Bay and Holliday’s representation have such an incentive — and in Boras’ case, a track record — of creating buzz out of wishes, gossamer and belly button lint.

  1. Eat a Peach - Dec 22, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Suddenly belly button lint is my most productive natural resource – I didn’t know I could make “buzz” out of it. If only I’d known – I’d have Mason Jars of the stuff saved up for when I really need a buzz.

  2. royhobbs7 - Dec 22, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Why in the world would Jason Bay want to come to Queens? If you were him, what would lure you here?
    I’m sure that his agent is discouraging him to sign with the Mets since the organization is presently in disarray. Also don’t count the Yankees and Braves out just yet!

  3. rbtcattail - Dec 22, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Pretty simple really. 5 yr and $$$. The Mets are the only team dumb enough to hint at going there thus far.

  4. J. McCann - Dec 22, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Look, at the prices these guys are throwing out there, there are only 4 or 5 teams with the money to pay. The Red Sox and Yankees have the money for emergencies, but they don’t value them at anywhere near what they want.
    Of course if their price dropped to a couple million a year, then there would be 20 teams to sign them, but that is not happening either.
    If I was the Mets I would tell Bay, that after the 31st a year gets lopped off the deal just to see what would happen.

  5. Rich - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    The Angels are absolutely going in the wrong direction chasing another closer!!! They dont have any hitting and need it badly since they have lost or let go all their previous hitters!!! Yopu cannot win with just pitching if you dont have any fielding or especially hitting!!! Artie Moreno needs to wake up from his too long siesta and SPEND SOME MONEY- FOR HITTERS!!!!!! hE IS ALREADY KNOWN FOR HAVING PITCHERS AND HITTERS BUT LETS THEM GO TO OTHER TEAMS!!!! THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN A TEAM!!!!!The angels will be lucky if they dont finish in the bottom of their league!

  6. Eat a Peach - Dec 22, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    By the time Omar gets done negotiating against Omar, Bay will have 6 years with a player option for the 7th. Then he can get down to some serious sleuthing on the mystery that’s really been vexing him – someone’s been stealing the Mets’ water! Oh it looks like it’s innocently circling the drain of its own accord, but he knows better. He knows it has to go somewhere.

  7. Rufus T. Firefly - Dec 22, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Bay might like Seattle since it is close to his home. Saunders is not a proven commodity and likely will never hit for power. The Mariners have two fine outfielders in Ichiro and Gutierez, but need some power in left field.

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