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Report: Jason Bay close to signing with Mariners

Dec 4, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

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Jason Bay is “pretty close” to signing with the Mariners, according to 710-ESPN radio in Seattle.

Bay was released by the Mets with $21 million remaining on his contract, agreeing to take some of that money deferred into the future, so now he’s free to sign with any team for any amount.

As a high-priced everyday player Bay was obviously a huge bust in New York, but as a cheap, platoon bat available for a one-year commitment he’d make some sense as a bounceback candidate.

Bay hit just .234 with a .687 OPS in three seasons for the Mets, but even that putrid production included a decent .756 OPS versus left-handed pitching.

  1. randygnyc - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM


  2. kkolchak - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    With Bay and Delmon Young together in the outfield, the Mariners are gonna be awesome.

  3. ezthinking - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    He’ll hit 25 HR and the people in the eastern time zone will find out he did in November 2013.

  4. losangelesfan - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Perfect place for him. He lives in Seattle and is originally from Western Canada. He’ll thrive there. No pressure and home cookin’. He should’ve signed with them years ago.

    • timgcarlson - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      This was discussed two years ago before he signed with the Mets where he talked about not limiting himself geographically while in his prime.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      You obviously haven’t watched Jason Bay lately.

  5. kgsmith - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Good move for Seattle. They are spending some money, bringing in the fences, and actually may have a chance to compete in the AL west this year. Good Luck!

  6. randygnyc - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Losangelosfan-good points

  7. arrooo - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM


  8. sportsnut101 - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Waste of money sign him as a bench coach cause he was always on bench injured

    Seattle can’t do no worse then last place which they will be for a while

  9. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Met fans should strap him to a light pole near Willets point train stop and
    beat him with a Louisville slugger just for kicks.

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