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Jason Bay’s contract with the Mariners is not fully guaranteed

Dec 6, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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Some were surprised to see that Jason Bay was getting a $1 million deal from the Mariners after he accepted a buyout from the Mets about a month ago, but it turns out that his contract isn’t fully guaranteed.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that if Bay doesn’t make the team out of spring training, he’ll only be guaranteed $500,000. However, if he surprises with a big spring and makes the Opening Day roster, he will get $1 million with the chance to earn an additional $2 million with incentives.

Bay, 34, batted just .234/.318/.369 with a .687 OPS over three seasons with the Mets, including a .165/.237/.299 batting line over 215 plate appearances in 2012. There’s a real chance that he’s done, but that didn’t stop the Mariners from taking a flier. Hey, it worked with Oliver Perez, right?

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Done, at 34, in baseball, not injury related. Remarkable. Doesn’t help he went from one pitchers park to another…

    • jwbiii - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      He doesn’t seem to have recovered from his 2010 concussion. One year deals are usually not guaranteed.

      • bbk1000 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:36 AM

        He was bad long before that concussion….

      • samu0034 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:43 AM

        No he wasn’t.

    • paperlions - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      This is actually pretty common. The margin of error in baseball is small. If a player loses just a little bat speed, he could be done. There are a LOT of guys that aren’t useful baseball players by the time they are 34 yrs old. What is uncommon is for guys to be useful (non-reliever division) after the age of 36.

  2. vanindeed - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    What happened to this guy?

  3. swu32733 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Jason has come home. I wouldn’t bet against him.

    • bbk1000 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:38 AM

      ?????

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        To the Pacific Northwest? Isn’t he a Canadian from Vancouver?

  4. j0esixpack - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Man, remember when he was on that hot tear for the Red Sox and everyone wanted him extended to a mega deal right then and there?

    The Red Sox have made their fair share of bad deals but thank God they didn’t re-sign him period – let alone when his value was highest in the middle of of a hot streak.

  5. fearthehoody - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Give me a $100,000 keep $900,000, and that would still be money better spent than giving it to Jason Bay!!!

  6. thedudabides - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    He was awful before the multiple concussions. Never had a good stretch with the Mets. Only 5 games in 3 years with 2rbis in a game… How many total HR’s on three years?? Mid 20’s….He might benefit just from leaving NY.

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