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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. Bbq - Dec 29, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    This may not get the Mets there, but at least they’re trying. You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

  2. Eat a Peach - Dec 29, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    2 notes for the Shyster: you called the Javy trade ahead of time, so that buys you some street cred on this one. Also, no matter how wrong you may be about a thing, you nev-uh, nev-uh need to apologize for making fun of Mike Francesa. Nev-uh.
    MAY-juh announcement on the Mets lay-tuh, MAY-juh news breaking.

  3. LouStools - Dec 29, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Did you really see the ball go through Buckner’s legs at the ballpark or did you see it the way I saw Fisk’s game 6 home run at Fenway: when I’m drunk?

  4. Brian - Dec 29, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Given the season the Mets’ medical staff had last year, does anyone trust them to conduct a proper physical at this point?

  5. Paul McMillan - Dec 29, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Yeah what a horrible signing for the mets.. 36 years old oops I mean 30 years old. 280 lifetime average 519 slugging percentage and 34 home runs a year…what were they thinking????

  6. Don Farmer - Dec 29, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    My opinion: This will be a bust. The Mets have a habit of signing high priced free agents that really don’t produce. (Look at their record for the last three years; it speaks for itself.)
    The Mets aren’t going anywhere. Trust me.

  7. J O - Dec 29, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    There are a bunch of haters out here. Forget the fact that Bay’s .676 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position last year ranked second in baseball behind Albert Pujols’ .697. Since 2005, Bay is tied for fourth among big league outfielders with 155 home runs, and ranks fifth with 514 RBIs. Not that bad.
    Now i’m not saying this makes the Mets the favorites. Barring injuries the Mets will be playoff contenders…

  8. Denver - Dec 29, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    The Red Sox traded for him, the Yankees would love to have signed him but have a budget bust at $200M, so any of the preceeding comments criticizing the Mets is nothing but, in a word, jealousy.
    Score a big one for Omar!

  9. Old Gator - Dec 29, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Eeeyep, I was really there, really owned a field box, and really saw it. Just ask my wife – don’t worry, I mean the current one – about my self-inflicted laryngitis thereafter. Anyway, I wasn’t drunk – not exactly, if you get my drift, winkwink, nudgenudge.

  10. JudyJ - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Glad to see your crystal ball is working, peaches. For your sake I hope Damon doesn’t go to the SAWKS – because that would be a step in the wrong direction for you. You need to keep your payroll low (as not to be accused of buying a championship with those free agents). You need to focus your efforts on junior circuit players who do well in front of the green monster. Heavens if they had to actually play in a regulation outfield or one where homers just happen to fly out of the park it would mean perhaps they would be worth more money. And, getting a share from the World Series revenue as the SAWKS did this year without doing anything to earn it is something to be proud of. Keep putting the money into the pockets of the owners because everyone knows SAWKS don’t put the money into the ballpark, that’s for sure. They think the fans like it that way. GO YANKEES!

  11. XTrust_No1X - Dec 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Barring injuries the Mets will be playoff contenders…
    Hahahaha!! You’re joking right??? The only place the Mutt’s will be playoff contenders is in the LOSERS CLUB!!! Hey wait, I just realized JO might be on to something. Let’s see, the Mutt’s have been around for 47 years now, and have won a World Series Championship twice, so that means they win every 24 years around and about. So, they’re last championship was in 1986, so now add 24 and, what do you know, the stars and planets just might be aligned for the Mutt’s to win they’re next Championship in 2010. But, first they have to have a good enough team to accomplish that feat, and right now, they couldn’t beat the Nationals! And, even adding Jason Bay, wow, now they might be able to beat the San Diego Padres also, forget it Mutt’s fans!!! This is only the beginning of the next dynasty of the Legendary New York Yankees, who will win at least the next three or four World Series in a row. So, now Mutt’s fans, you’ll just have to wait for the next 24 year cycle, before the Mutt’s next big Series Win… Remember Mutt’s fans, all three of you, patience is a virtue! Hahaha

  12. XTrust_No1X - Dec 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    so any of the preceeding comments criticizing the Mets is nothing but, in a word, jealousy.
    Score a big one for Omar
    Jealousy???? Are you kidding? That’s like saying Yankees fans are jealous that we don’t catch Necrotizing Fasciitis Hahahaha!!!

  13. Old Gator - Dec 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    And if they do, they should all drink two bottles of acai juice per day until the inflammation dies down, then one bottle a day thereafter. However, if adipocere has already begun to form around the sepses, you probably ought to start checking your wills instead.

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