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Bay's physical might not be a formality

Dec 29, 2009, 4:03 PM EDT

We’ll have more analysis of the Bay signing later — my favorite reader comment so far compares it to the Mets getting Kevin McReynolds in 1987 — but in the meantime, know that it’s not necessarily a done deal. 

We passed along reports over a month ago that Bay’s health might be a concern. Jerry Crasnick and Jon Heyman both bring them up anew today.  There isn’t a sense of anything huge — he had hamstring problems late last year — but there is something making people think that the usual rubber-stamp physical may be something more drawn out and complicated.

I’d posit that you’re always gonna have health risks when you sign a guy over thirty to what amounts to a five year deal, but it’s the Mets’ money, not mine, so good luck for them and all that.   

  1. Ryan - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    The Mets won the series in 86, but they were terrible in 2009. Wouldn’t that make Bay the anti-McReynolds? I mean McReynolds dragged down the 87 Mets, is there even any room to get worse now that they have Bay in the fold?

  2. YANKEES1996 - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    The physical is your last chance Omar, have the doctors find something wrong with him and nullify the contract. This is the best way to save your job!

  3. Old Gator - Dec 29, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    You could hardly say McReynolds “dragged the Mets down” in 87. He hit something like 27 homers and drove in 95 or so runs that year. The Mutts shot themselves in the foot when they nickle-and-dimed Ray Knight out of town (although to be fair, Knight tried a little too hard to cash in his ’86 chips and made some really stiff demands during the offseason that made Frank Cashen’s bowtie whizz like a beanie propeller). McReynolds was a lover, not a fighter, and whereas in onfield production he more than made up for what Knight took with him, his quiet presence in the clubhouse made up for nothing of Knight’s gedoffayouess pyrotechnics. I went to maybe 50 games that Summer of ’87 and McReynolds did his job but a lot of other guys played like they had a load in their pants.

  4. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 29, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    “A load in their pants”–more likely up their noses.

  5. Eat a Peach - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:59 AM

    Can you overturn a deal when the guy clocks a 5.0 40 yard dash, or does there have to be a medical reason aside from slowness?

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