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Mariners finalize one-year contract with Jason Bay

Dec 8, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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From Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comes word that the Mariners have finalized their one-year contract with outfielder Jason Bay and designated lefty reliever Mauricio Robles in a corresponding move to a clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Robles, 23, had a 5.78 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 71 2/3 innings this summer between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Oklahoma. He seems likely to pass through waivers and remain with the organization.

Bay’s contract will pay him $500,000 if he’s in the minor leagues and $1 million if he’s in the majors.

The 34-year-old batted just .165/.237/.299 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 215 plate appearances this past season for the Mets. He has averaged an ugly .689 OPS since leaving Boston after the 2009 campaign.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    He is not in it for the money as the Mets took care of his financial future. In Seattle, he will have a chance to revive his career. Furthermore, his friends and family in BC can easily cross the border and watch him play.

  2. giantssb42champs - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Bum.

  3. giantssb42champs - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Bay of Pigs.

    • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Dem’s fightin’ words in Macondo.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Yeah baby. Josh who?

  5. Old Gator - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    This is a really exciting development for the Crew of the Minnow.

    Well, I mean, for this orfseason, anyway….

  6. Glenn - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I hope Bay turns it around. I hate to see good guys take so much grief – no one would have wanted to perform to his last contract more than Bay himself.

    • cur68 - Dec 9, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      Yep, Glenn. I agree. I’ve always liked this guy. He seemed to always be in the news for injury and the DL last few seasons: I think he’s due some good luck. The tragedy is if he returns to form he’ll STILL get slagged by Mets fans who remember that BA. Then, if he turns into the old Jason Bay, the “Wildly Accuse of Steroids” crowd will jump up and down on him for juicing his way back. The fact is he’s been plagued with bad luck. Probably caught the snake bite from the Mets lousy juju. Here’s hoping him and the Mariners can turn it around together. Good luck, Jason Bay.

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        Whatever. As if he didn’t deserve the flack from Mets fans. It would have been even worse if he wasn’t a hard worker.

        The guy failed miserably and you will hear about that in NY if you’re making huge money. Its not juju you idiot – it’s a complete deterioration of skill.

      • cur68 - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        “you idiot”? Really? You had to go there over a flippant about the lousy Mets, eh? Well, whatever. Hate Jason Bay as much as you like: being total over the top fucktard seems to be what you do. Just don’t pretend that the rest of the world buys into your shitastic outlook.

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