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Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

Posted on: December 29, 2009 4:35 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2009 5:21 pm
 

Whether he wants to or not, slugging outfielder Jason Bay is on the verge of becoming a New York Met. Bay and the club have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $66 million, CBSSports.com has confirmed, with a fifth-year option that could boost the package into the $80 million neighborhood.

The deal is pending Bay passing a physical examination and, as such, the Mets are not confirming that an agreement is in place.

Barring any surprises with Bay's physical, the move will accomplishes one of the Mets' chief offseason goals, which was adding a slugger who will man left field and make manger Jerry Manuel's lineup more dangerous. It also should silence critics who were chattering that the Mets' dalliance with Bay was "just for show", a transparent attempt to placate their fans while making an offer they knew Bay would not accept.

In the end, they got it done.

Now, regarding the "wants to" part: The Mets made their initial offer to Bay coming out of the winter meetings in Indianapolis some three weeks ago and have been waiting for an answer ever since. Speculation, of course, has been strong in some quarters that Bay must not have wanted to become a Met very badly because, if he did, talks between him and the club wouldn't have dragged along for so long.

But in a chilly winter on the free agent market in which Boston cut bait with Bay and signed outfielder Mike Cameron, and Seattle, San Francisco and the Yankees -- all clubs looking for a big, middle-of-the-order bat -- Bay's options pretty much dwindled to just one. And that one was located with a Queens ZIP code.

However Bay was delivered -- and there's a lot of dollars here to sooth any disappointment the Canada native might have felt when Seattle didn't step up, or when Boston pulled its offer -- there is no doubt that it's a victory for the Mets.

It's not a guaranteed victory, because we've been through this before with them: They traded for Johan Santana two winters ago and signed free agent closers Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz last winter and failed to make the playoffs both years. Much to their fans chagrin, the Mets have proven in recent years that they're a different breed and often add up to less than the sum of their parts would appear.

But they have needs to fill as the time since their last playoff appearance (2006) lengthens and the back-to-back NL champion -- and Mets' NL East rival -- Philadelphia Phillies (who already have traded for Roy Halladay and signed Placido Polanco this winter) continue to swing for the fences.

Though he's now 31, considered a mediocre outfielder and batted just .267 for the Red Sox last summer, he also walloped 36 home runs and finished with 119 RBI.

With a healthy Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran (it's never too late to start knocking on wood in advance of opening day with them) and with slugging third baseman David Wright, Bay will give the Mets another presence that should make life difficult for opposing pitchers.

But their job is not finished. They still need a catcher -- free agent Bengie Molina remains the most logical bet -- and pitching (bullpen help, especially).

With the Mets, the job is never finished. But with Bay poised to change his workplace address to Citi Field, ever so cautiously, there again is hope.

Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:20 pm
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

I am not a Mets fan other than one of my Idols Willie Mays played for them at the end of his career. This article makes zero sense with the opening statement. Whether Bay wants to or not he is on the verge of signing with the N.Y. Mets. What? He had no choice but to sign with the N.Y. Mets? Puuuuuhhhhh-leeeeeeze. People aren't that stupid. He could have signed with whatever MLB team he wanted to. Go S.F. Giants formerly yes your N.Y. Giants.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 1:42 pm
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

masterchief, come on now please get real.....the mets are a distant # 4?? you are calling people retards and u make a statement like that. wakeup dude.......the Mets were bad for one reason last year, tons of injuries to there BEST 3-4 players. the 2-3 years before that when healthy the race went right down to the last week. we choked to give you the division twice. so if healthy, why wouldnt it be another close race?? id like to see what the phillies would do if they lost howard, utley and rollins for close to the whole year. come on be fair.

and b2, you are simply an idiot, yea the mets fans stuff the ballot box, lol, no other teams fans do that....wake the f-up.
you seriously do not know baseball. you to should be fair and if you dont think reyes, wright and beltran are all-stars then theres no helping you, you are simply a moron



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 11:50 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

Maybe the red sox threw in a years worth of HGH to help out with this problem



Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 10:11 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

"...but Reyes, Wright and Beltran are ALL-STAR players, the things you said B2 are foolish. they are ALL-STARS, i think every smart baseball fan can see that."

Please...I could be an All-Star if I got enough votes!  All those unemployed Mets fans stuffing the ballot box - that's why Reyes was an AS!

"The Phillies only improved marginally"

3 consecutive division titles, 2 consecutive pennants, and a World Series championship. In case you haven't noticed we have far less room for improvement than most teams, especially the Mets! Any improvement we make only makes us that much more likely to get back to the WS.

"And unlike the Phillies, the Mets have a solid bullpen."

Another ridiculous statement from another delusional Mets fan. You have a solid CLOSER, the rest of your BP was no different than your starters - mostly terrible, always unreliable.  Oh, and that Phillies BP seemed to be "solid" enough to get us to the World Series.

Face it Mets fans.....Bay may be an improvement but that's like saying a new tire on a Yugo* makes it a better car!

(* for those of you too young to remember, a Yugo was a horrible joke of a car imported from Europe in the late 80s, early 90s)




Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 9:53 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

Ok, I can deal with the Rah Rah fan stuff, I am  guilty of it too.  However, the knit wit who said, hit 20 points higher doesn't matter is a complete retard.   And again, polanco is our 8 hitter.  How can you even think the Mets lineup is remotly comprable?  Please use baseball speak..   Then you say if you get Oswalt you would be the favorite in the east.   I can't believe you really are that baseball stupid.    Look, I could be wrong.. but I don't think the phils even let it be a race this year.    Go get some more pitching and I will get a little nervous until then, your team is a distant #4, to the braves and marlins..



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 9:44 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

I think the Mets have to be considered to win the East. The Phillies only improved marginally (seriously, how much better is Halladay than Lee; better, but it'snot like they traded one number 1 for a slightly better number 1). Based on the number of innings Pelfrey had in 2008, he was predicted to have an off 2009; Maine was hurt, so was Perez. I suspect all will have a bounce back year. And unlike the Phillies, the Mets have a solid bullpen.



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 9:43 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

May help to know the numbers; bay hit 36 home runs, only 15 at Fenway. He is a pull hitter that hits line drives - he will have more home runs at Citi field than he did at Fenway. I think the Mets have to be considered to win the East. The Phillies only improved marginally (seriously, how much better is Halladay than Lee; better, but it'snot like they traded one number 1 for a slightly better number 1). Based on the number of innings Pelfrey had in 2008, he was predicted to have an off 2009; Maine was hurt, so was Perez. I suspect all will have a bounce back year. And unlike the Phillies, the Mets have a solid bullpen.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 7:20 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

Actually the away teams didn't have to many problems hitting homeruns at Citi field, just the Mets.  I'm hoping the Mets can start to hit some homeruns this years otherwise it's going to be a long season.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:38 am
 

Bay-watch finished, Mets' winter looking up

Yes, this certainly looks like the year that the Mets win their division and either them or the Cubs win the World Series. Whoopeee!



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 12:26 am
 

i like it

Maybe I'm way out of line...but when has adding 30 and a hundo been bad for a line-up?  Also, they say he is quality character, how can even haters hate on this one? (Met fans or otherwise)
What am I missing?  $$$ he signed for?  Not mine....give me more!! 


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