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REPORT: Jason Bay signs with the Mets

Dec 29, 2009, 2:44 PM EDT

UPDATE: Joel Sherman tweets that it’s a four year, $66 million deal, but with an “easy vest” for a fifth year.  Depending how easy, it may as well be a five year deal.

2:14 P.M: WFAN’s Mike Francesa just announced that the Mets have signed Jason Bay pending a physical.

No details yet — Francesa said that the team won’t make an announcement until next week. I’m guessing that this will wake everyone up however, and the details will be out soon. Last quasi-solid thing we had on him was the Mets offering four years at roughly $16 million a year. One wonders if the Mets finally went to five years to make it happen (UPDATE: MetsBlog thinks it may only be for four years). Or maybe the “Mystery Team” forced Omar to go to 10 years/180 million.

In the meantime, you’ll recall that the thinking as recently as Sunday was that “Bay would rather play in Beirut than Queens,” and that a couple of weeks ago the New York Post compared Bay to Bobby Bonilla, so this whole Jason Bay in New York thing should be great fun.

Anyway, sorry for mocking you Mike. I guess it was a major announcement . Heh.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. This has been one weird courtship.
    And I just can’t say if I like this or not. It’s hard not to think that Bay won’t be the unhappiest member of the Former Free Agents club. But he’s still an upgrade in many way for a team that needs to upgrade.
    In the meantime, we can look forward a headline on one of the tabloids of FLUSHING BAY.

  2. Jason - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Wow, Don’t you have egg on your face.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Hey, I apologized.

  4. Ryan - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    I hope he enjoyed free agency as much as he enjoyed the *idea* of free agency. Enjoy NY, and NY, enjoy him. hahah.

  5. Connecticut Mike - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    As a Sox fan I can attest that watching Jason Bay can be an infuriating experience. He went through stretches where he was totally locked in and hitting everything on the screws, and stretches where he looked like Cerrano flailing at the curveball. For his sake I hope he starts off on one of those locked in stretches otherwise the fans and media are going to be all over him.

  6. maooz - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    as a sox fan i hate bay,i hope he becomes a free agent bust

  7. summerof67 - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    @Craig – this runs counter to common sense, so your stance was not unreasonable. There is possibly no worse match for Bay’s defensive capabilities, such as they are, than Citi Field. And the NL has no DH, so Jason has to go out there with a glove(!) no less. Streaky hitter at the plate, too. He will have Mets fans scratching their heads in Aug. and Sept. as he chases balls in the outfield (to little avail) and swings at pithces off the plate (also to little avail). Best of luck, Omar.

  8. howard - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    So does this reported signing mean that once Jason Bay joins the Mets lineup it makes this pitching poor team a candidate for comeback team of the year…….that is laughable …………No way……… this team has no quality arms to throw major innings…..Their best pitcher is coming off his 2nd surgery within 2 yrs….. the #2 and # 3 starters are totally unreliable and their bull pen including K-Rod is a disaster……..You would think that Jason Bay would prefer to go to a ball club that could win some games to get the playoffs!!!!!!!!! Mets are and always will be a 2nd rate team as long as Omar Minaya is handling the personnel………… they will not be in playoffs with Bay as their everyday Leftfielder….. he can not hit the curve down and away that is why he left Pitts in the first place……… the AL pitchers realize that late last season and his avg over the last 45 games proves that point
    so long METSIES this signing makes no difference

  9. YANKEES1996 - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Congrats Met fans, Omar has gotten you exactly what you needed, another overhyped, overpaid bust. When Bay goes into one of his patented “cold” streaks at the plate there will be NO place to hide Omar!

  10. AJ Gallo - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    So that was the “major” announcement Fatso Francesca made on his show? Pathetic.

  11. JudyJ - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Does anyone think the SAWKS will sign Damon? Who will play left for them? Actually, who cares? They have pitching and that is what they think is all they need. None of this seems to have a ring to it, does it?

  12. nasheagles - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    now move home plate up 20 ft — so Bay and Wright can Deliver…

  13. stewart - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    dont understand lets look at facts he hit 37 homeruns 119 runs batted in need i say more.

  14. XTrust_No1X - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    OH!!! I Love this! Bay will be added to the rest of the overhyped, overpaid and overrated Mutt’s ballclub. I think Jason would look great in the little Boat featured in the titty bowl commercial! Let me be the first to turn the lever on the huge Mutt’s Flushometer, and let loose the major league town, with the appropriate name!!

  15. Ryan - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    …While being surrounded in the lineup by Youkilis, Pedroia, Ortiz and Martinez. Jason Kendall could drive in 100 RBI’s with those guys either on base or protecting him.

  16. Ryan - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    …While being surrounded in the lineup by Youkilis, Pedroia, Ortiz and Martinez. Jason Kendall could drive in 100 RBI’s with those guys either on base or protecting him.

  17. YANKEES1996 - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    stewart, just in case you missed it, he signed with the Mets not the Red Sox. He is now going to be playing at CitiField not Fenway and the Mets did not get the Red Sox entire roster only Bay! Name the players that the Mets have that can rival the offense of the Red Sox and name your pitchers.

  18. Old Gator - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    I remember vividly how the Mets brought in Kevin McReynolds following their 1986 championship to perpetuate what they thought was going to be a dynasty (giggle). Left fielder, too, except that he could play the position well. Somehow, though, despite playing really well for them, he was an introspective guy (some sportscaster or other called him “the stealth bomber”) who couldn’t replace the spirit of team sparkplug Ray Knight, whom the Mutts Matsuied during the offseason, nor get them over the top in either 1987 or in 1988, when a loudmouthed young pitcher named David Cone shot the Bums full of mental steroids with his idiotic trash talk. Back in those days I had our Consolidated Coprolite field box seats just behind first base a few rows up from the rail (yep, I had a great POV of the ball rolling through Buckie’s legs on that fateful day). The world was so young.
    But anyway, for some reason the Bay situation reminds me of the buzz surrounding the McReynolds trade. He’s a pretty damned fine player, but his chemistry ain’t gonna work right with these guys, even if he plays well. If he has a hot year, this is the kind of team of incipient quitters who will just lay back and let Bay try to carry their leaden asses through the season. If he doesn’t, nobody will notice anything they haven’t seen before, except for sniping about his paycheck. As for the New York press and fans – well, if he didn’t know that already, he’s been living in an immunodeficiency bubble or something.

  19. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    HOWARD YOU TALK ALOT OF CRAP, SO WHO IS YOUR TEAM, YOU DIDN’T SAY

  20. john pileggi - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    If they can get Molina and a starter, this will have been a productive winter. That assumes that Reyes and Beltran come back healthy, and Wright gets his mojo back after Citifield blew his mind. I am sure they would like to peddle Castillo, but he did stage a comeback last year (dropped fly at Yankee Stadium notwithstanding) and perhaps has one good year left. The Phils are the team to beat, but that is why they invented the wildcard.

  21. Eat a Peach - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    BWAAA HA HA HA HA
    Craig, the only reason you got this wrong is because you made the mistake of thinking Omar was smarter than this. This is as bad a case of bidding against yourself as Tom Hicks’ ARod signing. Only that was in a good economy, and ARod is a first ballot HOF player. 16.5 per year over (probably) five years? This is Jason Bay, former Pirate and Red Sawk we’re talking about, right?
    Oh and Judy, Johnny Damon’s not coming to Fenway. I swear. You’re just going to have to kiss him goodbye. Remember, if you love something, set it free.

  22. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    HOWARD, I APOLOGIZE, ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKIN CRAP TOO AND THEY TO LEFT OUT THE TEAM THEY FOLLOW, I WONDER WHY.

  23. (Not That) Tom - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    That’s the first time I’ve ever seen Molina and productive used in the same sentence this offseason.

  24. Shelley - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    wish they had gone after Cameron – that guy could play the outfield.

  25. barry a - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Big mistake for both parties, especially if its a fifth year. For bay, he will be in a park that does not suit his game. His HR & rbi total in 2009 will be his career high water mark. For Mets, they overpaid for a guy that will not produce 09 numbers even against national league pitching.
    And while his body type is not like typical sluggers (Vaughn, Papi, his swing sure is-its l-o-o-o-ng, and the holes are obvious. During his prolonged slump, high inside heat, and sliders away were death. Wait until his swing slows down a millisecond due to age–Mets will be looking to dump his contract
    B

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