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Jason Bay is no longer the Mets everyday left fielder

Aug 7, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

It’s been suspected that things are going this way, but Jason Bay is now officially a $16 million per year platoon player:


Bay has been utterly ravaged by injuries, including multiple concussions. He’ll likely continue to start against lefties, but at this point it’s hard to point to a more ineffective player giving a team less bang for its buck.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Better late than never I suppose.

  2. thewhinebag - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Vernon Wells comes to mind.

    • pisano - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      ….and the biggest bust of all….Carl Crawford

      • azantor - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Carl Crawford Barry Zito

  3. mirmz - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Terry Collins then went on to add, “If the Angels in lowly Anaheim can afford to pay their 5th outfielder $24M a year for the next three years, we decided that the New York Mets could definitely pay our 4th outfielder $16M. I mean, the Wilpons don’t want to lose their reputation over something like this.”

    • citizenking77 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Anaheim is in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, just like “lowly” East Rutherford, New Jersey, home of the NY Jets and Giants, is in the New York metropolitan area despite being in an entirely different state.

      • mirmz - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        I know where Anaheim is. I’m from a town 15 mi SW of Anaheim. It is definitely not the LA Metropolitan area. Hell, Long Beach isn’t the LA Metropolitan Area.

        If you want to consider it the LA Media Market, I’m not going to argue with you – Arte sure as hell believes it to be in the LA Media Market.

    • citizenking77 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Glad you know where Anaheim is, kudos. But any well-educated denizen knows that the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area encompasses a five county area – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. You live in the LA Met area, sorry to break it to you. I have been an Angel fan since 1977 and live 24 miles east of the Big A in Riverside County. Are the majority of the radio and television outlets that you receive from 15 miles SW of Anaheim or from Los Angeles? I cannot believe the small-mindedness of some supposed Angel fans. If you do not want to live in the LA Metropolitan area than I suggest you move to one of the counties that I have not listed. San Diego is always a nice place to stop for gas before going into Baja California. We Angel fans have lots to be thankful for via Moreno’s belief, hell, embrace of the FACT that we are in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area and has not operated using the small market philosophy that Disney and Ms. Autry used. GO LA ANGELS!!!!

      • mirmz - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM

        You turned this into a deal. It’s not a deal. And Orange County is not LA Metropolitan area. It is, like the other 4 Counties you listed, part of the LA Media Market. Is Syracuse, NY part of the Buffalo Metropolitan Area? Christ, no. It is part of the Buffalo, NY and NY, NY media market. Arte is a marketing genius, he knows what he is doing, and I have no qualms with the “LA” Angels – its a business, as they say.

        But “small-mindedness”? “supposed Angel fan”? Fuck off, troll.

      • Marty - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:35 AM

        You live 24 miles inland and you infer that San Diego is flyover country? LOL.

      • citizenking77 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        LOL @ “mirmz”: No, I just like to point out your ignorance douchebag. You just do not like being made out to be the moron you are. So kindly keep your ignorance 15 mi SW of Anaheim and out of the Big A, which is STILL part of the LA METROPOLITAN AREA kid.

        LOL @ Marty: San Diego is not flyover country, I made no mention of airplanes, rather it is “drive through” country. Not much there compared to the LA METROPOLITAN AREA (eh, you like that “mirmz”?) LOL. Sort of like the mental prowess, or lack thereof, in some of the supposed Angel fans still denying that the LA METROPOLITAN AREA does not encompass the five county area, including Orange County. So do us ALL a favor and stop being an annoying troll “mirmz”, who the fuck are you? Leave HBT to us people who know what we’re talking about kid.

      • Marty - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        There’s not much in SD? Really? Its a fucking amusement park for adults.

        Go sip a frapay at Kohls you inland dumbshit. .

  4. singingfriar - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Collins told a reporter this before telling Bay himself? That seems pretty shitty.

  5. dannyocean83 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Why would he start versus lhp’s? Scott Hairston has crushed lefties all year.

    • lgmdc5 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Because the Mets also have no right fielder. No reason why Bay can’t play in left and Hairston in right (or center if Torres keeps sucking).

  6. tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Appreciated what he did for Boston, even if he was streaky as hell.

    Glad they didn’t resign him.

  7. Gardenhire's Cat - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    According to Baseball-Reference, John Lackey has provided the Red Sox -.3 WAR (includes oWAR) at a cost of $49.9 million. That’s pretty awful; granted Fangraphs has him providing more value.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      That’s because Fangraph factors in contribution to the clubhouse too.

      He may be a giant douchebag, and he may be awful at baseball….but he always brought in a case of the premium beer when it was his turn.

      Beckett always showed up with Natty. Dick.

  8. bigjimatch - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Bay has option years that will vest based on plate appearances so there was no way they were going to keep an everyday playe (when he was healthy enough to play). Too bad, he is a great guy.

  9. keithbangedyermom - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Very strange. Almost like Richie Sexson in that his abilities basically vanished overnight.

    • citizenking77 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM


  10. spudatx - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:32 AM


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