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Mariners add Jason Bay on one-year deal

Dec 5, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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This is what’s known in the business as taking a flier.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mariners have added Jason Bay on a one-year contract after he hit .165/.237/.299 in 194 at-bats last season and then accepted a buyout from the Mets. The Mariners will see if Bay can can recapture the form that helped him bat .267/.384/.537 with 36 homers and 119 RBI in his last year in the AL with the Red Sox in 2009. In the three years since, he’s batted .234/.318/.369 with a total of 26 homers in 986 at-bats.

Bay is a native of British Columbia and he already lives in Seattle in the offseason, so it’s the perfect situation for him.

Bay’s addition won’t stop the Mariners from continuing to pursue bats. They’ve been mentioned in connection with free agents Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Adam LaRoche, as well as in the Justin Upton trade speculation. If the Mariners do pick up another hitter or two, it’d seem to close off any route Bay might have to a starting job. Realistically, he’s probably going to end up competing with Casper Wells for one spot on the bench as a DH against lefties and occasional backup outfielder, and he’ll need a big spring just to have a shot.

  1. skeleteeth - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Seattle, where careers go to die.

  2. kelshannon19 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    No you’re thinking of New York mets. Just look at Jason Bay for example!

  3. thebadguyswon - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Jason Bay has been done for three years. Those that think otherwise (blame the Mets for example) are idiots that haven’t watched Bay play the past three seasons. There’s no bat speed whatsoever.

  4. vallewho - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    how much is Bay taking from the M’s?

    • seattlej - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Since he’s already under contract with the Mets, it should only be the league minimum.

      • seattlej - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        My bad. Apparently it’s a seven-figure deal. Memories of Carlos Guillen and Hong Chi Kuo come to mind…

      • number42is1 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        He’s not under contract with the Mets.

  5. meadowlark89 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    maybe they will have some offense to go with their phenomenal pitching.

  6. El Bravo - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM


  7. tashkalucy - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I don’t know how he could possibly have turned the Indians down.

    Guess Shaponetti will be gong after Dmitri Young next. On their business cards Shapiro and Antonetti have a little likeness of Chief Wahoo, and next to that it reads “Rehabs R’ Us!”

  8. kgsmith - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Its amazing how a player has a good year and fans can’t get enough of him. A player has 2off years and he is “washed up”.. The Mets have one of the hardest parks to hit a homerun in.. Before Jason went to NY, his numbers were great, teams wanted him, fans wanted him on their team,. He plays in NY and now he is washed up? I hope he has a great year in Seattle and leads the Mariners to the playoffs..

    • cur68 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Some concussion issues, too I believe, KG. With some rest, recuperation, and a different park he might actually do what you say. Here’s hoping.

  9. fhuizar - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    THE piece!

  10. kappy32 - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Watch, he’ll hit .280, 30 HR, 90 RBI this season. As a lifelong Mets fan I have seen things like that happen all too often.

  11. retief1954 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    The Ms are pretty tight with their player salary budget, so they’re always looking for guys who used to be bigger impact players but have fallen off some, who they can sign at a bargain rate and then hope the guy comes up big when he gets here. I know. It doesn’t happen. But they keep trying. It looks like they might throw some money at a bigger name this offseason, but they’ll NEVER outbid the big teams for the big stars. Never. It’s not in Chuck Armstrong’s and Howard Lincoln’s DNA.

    • retief1954 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      PS to kappy32 – I sure hope you’re right about Bay. The Ms need something good to happen. Good luck with your team this year.

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