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Mariners designate Jason Bay for assignment

Jul 29, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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In preparation for Michael Morse‘s expected return from the disabled list tomorrow the Mariners designated Jason Bay for assignment.

Bay signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Mariners after being released by the Mets and showed good power with 11 homers in 206 at-bats, but he also hit just .204 with a .691 OPS in 68 games while striking out in 26 percent of his trips to the plate.

Bay wasn’t even particularly effective versus left-handed pitching, which at this point in his career is probably the extent of any role he can expect to land in the majors.

  1. jmedd19 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Damn, I was hoping to get a Bay M’s jersey.

    • neoshweaty - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      You should be able to get one for really cheap now!

  2. spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Bay Leaves.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Still a very smart signing in my opinion. I think more teams not expected to compete should sign these types of players. Maybe Bay has an .800 OPS season and they turn a 1 mil ivestment into a legit prospect. You know by the time it’s time to call the youngsters up anyways. The Astros did the same thing with Pena. Neither worked out, but if they decide to move Ibanez, the gamble payed off.

    • dondada10 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Hoping the Mets follow that strategy with Bryd.

  4. cohnjusack - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Man…remember when both and Matt Holliday were free agents and there was clamoring among Cards fans to go after Bay since it was taking so long for Holliday to sign? Remember the many articles saying either/or is fine and the many others afterward that were incredulous that Holliday got $60 million more?

    It’s always fun to look back and see how wrong everybody was (myself included). What’s even more fun is looking back and seeing who was right:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/tim_marchman/01/08/hot.stove/index.html

    Hot Stove Report: Cards won’t regret Holliday spending; Mets will

    Compare [Holliday's deal] to the Mets’ slightly desperate signing of the market’s other top outfielder, Jason Bay, to a four-year, $66 million contract with an easily attained vesting option for a fifth year. Bay, 31, may be a vaguely better hitter than Holliday right now, but given his much narrower range of skills he’s also a good bet for a quick decline. The Mets will likely wish they were rid of their new prize at some point during this contract. The Cardinals likely won’t.

    • pbastille - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Thanks for tracking that down. Nice to see what what the thinking was a few yrs back.

    • branson126 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Yea that was right on…I remember that but I do declare that I wanted nothing to do with bay! Lol good memory

  5. fearthehoody - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Cant wait for the next bum vet the M’s sign next year and force into significant playing time : Milton Bradley, Ryan Langerhans, Jack Cust, Mike Sweeney, Jason Bay, figgins, etc

  6. mondzy805 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Steriod guy. Got Paid. Stoped juicing. Cut by Mets. Mariners let him go. It’s over for the Guy. Take your Money and just Go.

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