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Gammons: 'Mets were only team in on Jason Bay' and Red Sox 'were scared to death of his knees'

Jan 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Last week Peter Gammons reported that Boston and Jason Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July, but the Red Sox pulled the offer when an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees.
While appearing on WEEI radio today Gammons revealed a few more details:

They wanted him, but they were scared to death of his knees. I never got the impression from either side, from his agents or his club, that the shoulder was that big of a deal. But they were really afraid of both knees and that’s why they dropped the offer from four years to two years.



Somebody said to me, “Gee, there was only one team that went after him, the Mets.” I said, “Yeah, you don’t think that the Angels have requested MRIs? You don’t think the Mariners have requested? They weren’t in on him either.” The Mets were the only team in on Jason.

Bay did struggle with a knee injury in 2007, but for the most part he’s been among baseball’s most durable players, appearing in 892 of a possible 946 games since early 2004, including at least 145 games in each of the past five seasons. Certainly at 31 years old not missing much time in the past doesn’t preclude the Red Sox’s concerns about the future of Bay’s knees from being legitimate, but presumably even the Mets have a doctor on staff who can competently read an MRI. Right? Right?!

  1. peteinfla - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Sure, ask Yorbit Torealba about how good the Mets Doctors are. And ask Carlos Beltran for a second opinion.

  2. Ross - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Unfortunately, it’s not “reading” the MRI that’s important. It’s all about the interpretation of what you read. Ask any English Literature teacher, they’ll tell you the same thing.

  3. Paul C - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    alright, I love bashing the mets as much the next guy but to be fair, they use the same orthopedist as the NY Giants and one of the best in the country. Also I forget who posted it but it was linked from Neyer’s blog I believe, which went through all this already and 3 different doctors, who weren’t the Red Sox team doctor, all saw nothing wrong with the MRI. This was done while negotiations were going on in June/July/August. So it’s not just the Mets “doctor” that said the knees were fine.

  4. Joshua - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Jesus christ, how many freaking reports can Gammons makes about how terrible the Bay signing was for the Mets? His schilling for the Red Sox really has no limits it seems.

  5. Ron - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Gammons has become nothing but a spin and hype machine for the Red Sox. He’s a complete joke. Go back to bobbing on Theo’s knob Pete.

  6. Benny Blanco - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Why does Gammons continue to talk about this? Its over, they signed him. Move on Gammons. If he gets hurt, great, the whole world can tell him how smart he is.
    This isnt even news anymore.

  7. Reinman - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    LOL, hey Peter, would you like to disclose how many calories Theo eats in a day as well? Jesus, does he even know other teams exist out of Boston? All his posts are the same, Boston is the smartest team EVER, every other team is well below them.
    I’m still waiting for that Justin Smoak type prospect to be traded to the RedSox, Peter. Anyday now.
    It was a risky signing by the Mets, but god, get over it.

  8. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    The funny thing is I don’t see anyone announcing the team they support, are they ashamed of rooting for a loser, again.
    If his knee breaks down then it will be the Mets problem, why
    would you care if they are not your team,, I’m sure your team has
    some thing’s for you to spend your time on worrying about.
    I saw the signing of Bay on SNY and said he doesn’t know where half that stuff is coming from and he didn’t respond because he
    didn’t have the time to do so, that includes choosing Beirut over the Mets.

  9. Fast Eddy - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I do have to agree with you on this one. However it is just typical of the beantowners. I don’t know how or when it started, however when I lived there some years ago, Gammons was at it then. They all seem to be small town homers when it comes to sports. A good bet is that they will blame “The Evil Empire” on anything that goes wrong with any of the sports in town. I remember when Parcells went there to coach. The writers all exclaimed “he is here to stay” just because he bought a house in the area to live in. They thought Parcells was going to leave New York for ever because he found paradise in Boston. It is a sickness, what can I say?

  10. denver - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Gammons was signed by the Red Sox to “play live” with his own set of serious medical issues…you would think he would have the civility to report on the matter once and move on.

  11. buffalo10 - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    this gammons guy is a joke, anyone can guess a player is going to get hurt, its part of baseball and its always gonna be part of baseball. Lets all tell gammons how great he is for being the millienth writter to bash on the mets. Way to go your the best, looking forward to you bashing the mets next week beacause thats all you have. There is no way the mets will have the injuries they had last season, this is the same team that was predicted to go far last season now all of a sudden they cant compete. that makes perfect sense absolute joke!!!

  12. Joey B - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Oddly enough, it seems the main point of the report, that the Mets were bidding against no one else, seems to have been lost.

  13. garrett - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    how are you going to bash gammons, a hof reporter? he is right about most things, and NEWS FLASH he is a RED SOX REPORTER now, of course he is going to say good things about them.

  14. Fast Eddy - Jan 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Is there such a thing as a HOF reporter? I know there are HOF broadcasters, but reporters. Who is in this group? I used to live there as you may know. Gammons is probably a HOF homer.

  15. ryan - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Do English teachers know a lot about reading MRI’s?

  16. buffalo10 - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    a hof reporter, cool he can vote on who gets into the hall of fame have a cookie, and so could all the other reporters, good one garret. Hey do think the mets will have all the same injuries they did last year, because if u look at last season they were in first before the injuries. i think its obvious if any team goes from reyes castillo beltran wright delagado church murphy shneider to just castillo and wright plus ?????????? who knows, then they would have a bad season too, dont you think??? its all a bunch a met bashers bashing the mets again because somebody needs to be bashed on. case and point thanks.

  17. willmose - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Guys ease up on Gammons, he always was a Sox homer. Gammons has not been the same since his health problem a few years ago. ESPN gently kicked him to the curb. The Red Sox need to give him a good seat in the press box and laptop without WiFi.

  18. buffalo10 - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    thankyou captain obvious “the mets were the only team in on bay’ it was either that or over pay lackey or holliday but hey im sure if the red sox sighned bay gammons would have thrown a parade and kissed a picture of bay every night before he went to sleep lmao. I predict that bay will just suck and do horrible for the mets and he will make no difference to the team no matter how many homeruns he hits. hows that gammons? are u proud of me? i can bash the mets too

  19. buffalo10 - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    what were the health problems dementia and altzheimer s? because he s not making a lot of sense, he seems confused, and he keeps on repeating himself or wait maybe he’s not thinking clearly because all of his blood rushed from his head to his other head because he has a big one for the red sox..hahaha

  20. Reinman - Jan 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Gammons is NOT a HOF reporter. He was HONORED by the Hall of Fame for his years in the game, but ESPN went out of their way to make that seem like he was actually inducted into the HOF by referring to him as a HOF reporter.

  21. coonda - Jan 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Bay hits 30 bombs for the Mets.

  22. RedSox North - Jan 28, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Yeah, 30 homers for Bay…in the 2-plus seasons before his knees give out.

  23. Edwin Alejandro - Jan 29, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Hey Red Sox fans will you please leave Jason Bay and the N.Y. Mets alone alredy! Enuff already.Remember Boston have just sign Lackey to a 5 year contract and if I not mistaken Lackey has had a history of arm problems in the past. That is why the Angels let him walk! Why doesnt Peter Gammons concentrate on that! Yea Gammons Lackey great pitcher with arm problems. Who signs him? The Red Sox now thats a story that Gammons should focus on not Bay and his the Mets.

  24. Edwin Alejandro - Jan 29, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Stop already

  25. jon - Jan 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    I know that it is fun to bash Gammons for being a “homer”, but i believe that all he did here is report the facts. He did not say Bay will get injured. He did say the Red Sox were afraid that Bay would get injured. Bay, himself has confirmed this. These are facts. Living in New York state , I know quite a few Met fans , and you would never guese what the excuse for not competing is. “How can any team compete with so many injuries?” the Red Sox may be wrong, but there medical staff has a strong record on these sorts of things ,and as such it would be wise for the Red Sox to take their advice before, ponying up millions of dollars. It really does not matter how many others say that they are wrong. All that matters in the end is if they are wrong. We may have to wait four years to know for sure.

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