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Jason Bay could be platooning for the Mets

Apr 2, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Jason Bay had an awful 2011 and his spring has thus far been pretty awful too.  That has some people suggesting to Mike Puma of the New York Post that Bay may soon be a $16 million platoon guy:

Though the idea has not yet reached the discussion stage among team executives, a club official yesterday floated the possibility that if Bay is struggling six or seven weeks into the season, the Mets could explore other options, including a platoon in left.

Bay is hitting .195 with no RBIs this spring after going 0-for-3 in the Mets’ 9-2 exhibition loss to the Tigers yesterday.

It sounds more like bored, end-of-spring-training speculation more than an actual idea anyone in power has. But that’s how these sorts of things start, right? Someone gets the idea and then it gets floated?

Anyway, if Bay picks up in 2012 like he played in 2011, there will be a lot of people talking about what to do with him, and platooning could be one option.

  1. phukyouk - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    they are going to platoon him because if he hits 500 PA’s this season and next OR 60 PA’s next season his 2014 option vests for something close to 15 mil

    • Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Beat me to it.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Isn’t/wouldn’t the MLBPA have a field day over this?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        Well, right now it would be hard to justify that Bay doesn’t deserve to be demoted to a platoon. If he’s allowed to play full-time though and regains some semblance of competence against RHP, the Mets might have a hard time platooning him when it’s time to dodge the thresholds unless they have a legitimately-better option.

  2. Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Eventually, a platoon is probably the most logical option for preventing his option from vesting in a couple years. If you start it now, he’ll never have a chance to start hitting righties well enough again to claim he should be a full-time player.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I agree with platooning Bay, but if Alderson really wants to unload this particular Minaya boondoggle he should have him out on patrol on the Astoria side of the stadium late at night – on point.

  4. ezthinking - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Nice theory except there is no lefthander on the Mets to platoon with. Nieuwenhuis hit .200 with zro extra base hits this spring. Before writing pure crap at least do the homework, Mr. Puma.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Murphy, no? Or are they still trying to pretend he’s a second baseman?

  5. gregbeau - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Platoon or no platoon should depend on performance, not whether his contract option vests of what the MLBPA might say. If he produces, he has no reason to worry about any of it. If he doesn’t produce, they would be better off releasing him. It’s hard to understand how someone who was such a good hitter for so long can lose it so quickly.

  6. amaninwhite - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    It gets floated like a fart in the wind.

  7. kiwicricket - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Sure, why not. The Mets used to have a $10M loogy.

  8. Joe - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Remember when Theo and the Trio got all that s–t about caring more about the bottom line when they didn’t make this kind of offer for Bay?

    • 18thstreet - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      I don’t have enough thumbs to give this the proper response.

      I wish I could see a list of the Boston media types who said the Sox had made a bad mistake. I’m guessing Cafardo would be on it.

  9. pkswally024 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Hahahahhahahashshshahshshshsbsh. Haha

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