Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 3:13 pm
Jason Bay will be out of the Mets lineup for the start of this week's series against the Giants.
The Mets announced Tuesday afternoon that they had put Bay on baseball's new paternity list, so that he could join his wife Kristen for the birth of their third child. Lucas Duda was summoned from Triple-A Buffalo to take Bay's spot on the roster.
Bay has played just 10 games this season, after beginning the year on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He's 10-for-40 with one home run.
Duda will start in left field in Bay's place on Tuesday night.
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 10:41 pm
NEW YORK -- Jason Bay spent the first three weeks on the disabled list because of strained left ribcage.
But really, he's still coming back from the concussion that ended his 2010 season.
For that matter, he's also trying to come back from a hugely disappointing first year with the Mets.
"I feel like I'm better," Bay said Thursday, before playing his first major-league game since last July 25. "Before the concussion, I wasn't playing that great. I feel like I'm better than that guy."
The Mets, who signed Bay to a four-year, $66 million contract, would certainly hope he is. In his first four months as a Met, Bay played in 95 games and hit just six home runs.
Citi Field isn't an easy place to hit home runs, but Bay actually homered at a better rate there (three in 159 at-bats) than on the road (three in 189 at-bats).
Bay didn't hit any home runs this spring, but he did hit two in 12 at-bats in his rehabilitation assignment with Class A St. Lucie.
He went 1-for-4 Thursday night, in the Mets' 9-1 win over the Astros, but the one hit was a pop-fly double that landed just inside the right-field foul line.
It's hard to know what affect Bay's concussion will have on his baseball skills. Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, also coming back from a concussion, is hitting .208 with no home runs in 53 at-bats this year.
But what has happened with Morneau isn't necessarily relevant.
"Every concussion is different," Bay said. "That's one thing I've learned."
Twins general manager Bill Smith said the same thing earlier this month when talking about Morneau.
"What he had is a very slow healing concussion," Smith said. "As the doctor told me, there are 30 different kinds of knee surgeries, so why would you think there's only one kind of concussion?"
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 10:39 pm
NEW YORK -- The first question to Terry Collins Thursday referenced "this mess that's going on."
A couple of questions later, someone asked the Mets manager if this was a good time for Jason Bay to make his season debut, because "things really couldn't go worse."
Then general manager Sandy Alderson described watching the Mets as "a nightly crucible."
Welcome to baseball's East Coast train wreck, the team the commissioner didn't take over this week.
I haven't been to Dodger Stadium recently, but it's hard to imagine that team and that organization are surrounded by anything close to the negativity that surrounds this one.
The fans are either depressed, angry or both. The manager shares his disappointment regularly, and accepts the negative premise of the questions thrown his way. The owners are trying to fight off the trustee in the Bernard Madoff case, and trying to hold onto the team.
And the players?
Well, when Bay asked Collins about the team's mood, given a 5-13 record that included 12 losses in the last 14 games, the manager told him, "It's exactly what you'd expect."
No, Terry, it's not. It's far worse, and while a game like Thursday's 9-1 win over the Astros brings out a few momentary smiles, it doesn't change the sad story here.
As New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman wrote on his blog Thursday , the Mets have the feel of a team playing out the string after being mathematically eliminated.
"It looks like the wheels are coming off," said one veteran baseball man familiar with the Mets.
"It's not pretty," said another. "And if Collins is already complaining? Oh boy. It's going to be a long year."
Already, it feels like the only drama in Queens will be how fast Alderson starts trading away any veteran of value (Jose Reyes, anyone? Carlos Beltran? David Wright?), and whether the ownership group's financial difficulties get bad enough to force the commissioner's office to intervene.
It won't be like the Dodgers, simply because Mets owner Fred Wilpon isn't hated the way Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is. Even former Mets employees who have nothing good to say about Wilpon's son Jeff say nice things about Fred, and commissioner Bud Selig has long been close to the Mets owner.
That relationship is a big reason Alderson (who worked in the commissioner's office) is now running things at Citi Field.
Given the financial constraints (because of the Wilpon's Madoff problem), and given the lack of young talent (a rival scout agreed with Alderson's assessment that there's little help on the immediate horizon), it's a tough job. Given the negativity that pervades this place, it's near-impossible.
And the negativity comes from more than just a lousy start to this season, as Alderson admitted.
"I think there's a larger context," he said. "I'd be foolish not to recognize that. But we haven't played very well. To the extent that the negativity is focused on the way we've played the last 10 days to two weeks, it's well-earned."
But you wonder how things are going to get better. You wonder if the emotional Collins can present the steady face a manager needs at times when things are going wrong.
Early on, he had a team meeting. Later, he confronted Daniel Murphy about one of the Mets' many baserunning blunders.
He talked Thursday about lightening the mood, and had the Mets take the field Thursday night wearing undershirts that they wore in spring training (on the way to a 17-15 record that looks great by comparison).
But Collins also said he doesn't think the mood should be much better than it is, given the way his team has played.
"It should be a little somber," he said. "We've played bad, and everybody's got a piece of that. It shouldn't be a good clubhouse right now.
"They're not happy, and they shouldn't be happy."
Around the Mets, no one seems happy. Around the Mets, no one ever seems happy.
It's not this bad in L.A., is it?
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:05 pm
It's a team that might contend for a title, if it could only get on the field.
Then again, that's exactly the problem.
Think of the players that will (or likely will) begin the season on the disabled list. It's quite a group, lacking a little (for now) on the left side of the infield and behind the plate, but overflowing with top-level starting pitching and back-of-the-bullpen depth.
Not all the opening day rosters are official yet. Some teams are waiting until closer to Thursday's 11 a.m. deadline for final decisions, which only means that the All-DL-Stars could have an even better lineup by the time the first pitch is thrown.
Jason Bay, for example, should be your All-DL-Star left fielder by then. The Mets are expected to put him on the disabled list, but they haven't said so publicly yet. So I left him off, in part because this team is strong enough without him.
For now, we'll only go with guys we're pretty sure of.
So here goes:
1B -- Kendrys Morales, Angels
2B -- Chase Utley, Phillies
SS -- Clint Barmes, Astros
3B -- Nick Punto, Cardinals
LF -- Cody Ross, Giants (Bay could take his spot)
CF -- Grady Sizemore, Indians (with Franklin Gutierrez also available)
RF -- Corey Hart, Brewers
C -- Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
Rotation -- Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Zack Greinke, Brewers; Johan Santana, Mets; Mat Latos, Padres; Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays (with Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and others in reserve)
Closer -- Brian Wilson, Giants (with the Phillies' Brad Lidge and the A's Andrew Bailey setting him up)
You'd take that team, wouldn't you?
You'd be guaranteed to lose on opening day, because not one of them could play, but you'd take that team.
Tags: A's, Adam Wainwright, Andrew Bailey, Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Brad Lidge, Brandon Morrow, Brewers, Brian Wilson, Cardinals, Chase Utley, Clint Barmes, Cody Ross, Corey Hart, Franklin Gutierrez, Giants, Giants, Grady Sizemore, Homer Bailey, Jason Bay, Johan Santana, Johnny Cueto, Kendrys Morales, Mariners, Mat Latos, Mets, Nick Punto, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Zack Greinke
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:53 am
Edited on: December 16, 2009 10:57 am
The Mets won the last two winters, landing first Johan Santana and then both Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz.
The Mets lost the last two summers.
So does it matter that so far this offseason, the Mets just seem to be falling farther and farther behind their big rivals in Philadelphia and the Bronx? Shouldn't the Mets and their fans understand by now that it's not all about grabbing big bold headlines in the winter?
Perhaps, but the way the Mets have operated this winter is enough to make you wonder. It's enough to make rival executives wonder.
When the Mets capped off a lackluster winter meetings by basically announcing that they were making offers to Jason Bay and Bengie Molina, plenty of those rival executives asked if it was all for show.
"They made an offer to Bay that they knew wouldn't get it done," one said, noting that the Mets' reported offer of $60-65 million over four years was basically the same deal they knew Bay had just rejected from the Red Sox.
So now, after two more days of screaming back-page headlines -- today's Daily News has general manager Omar Minaya dressed as Santa Claus shouting "Ho! Ho! Hopeless!" -- SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Mets not only would be willing to go to five years for Bay (albeit for a lesser per-year salary), but that they want in on the bidding for Matt Holliday, as well.
And again people will ask, is it all for show?
If the Mets indeed have money -- even their own people have asked the question in conversations with friends around the game -- then this should be another good winter for them. The Red Sox are now out of the bidding on Bay, and the market for both him and for Holliday has seemed to be slow to develop.
The Giants keep insisting they're not in. The Angels could be a factor, at least for Bay, but they really wanted to add a big pitcher rather than a big outfielder. The Yankees are always lurking, but the need isn't great and the keep-him-away-from-the-Red-Sox factor isn't there, the way it was a year ago with Mark Teixeira.
So maybe patience really is the right course for the Mets, and maybe it will land them the big bat they really do need. Maybe they'll win another winter.
And maybe this time it won't lead to summer disaster.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 10:21 pm
INDIANAPOLIS -- Some people who know Matt Holliday believe that Holliday strongly wants to stay in the National League, and that he would most prefer to stay with the Cardinals.
But that may not keep the Red Sox from making a big attempt to sign him.
While the Red Sox are still working at re-signing Jason Bay, their own free-agent left fielder, people familiar with the team's plans said that the Sox continue to debate the pluses and minuses of both Bay and Holliday, and are still strongly involved with both players.
The Sox signed free-agent shortstop Marco Scutaro before the winter meetings began, so locking up a run-producing outfielder became their main order of business this week.
It makes sense for them to keep their options open, because Bay has attracted interest from the Angels (as colleague Scott Miller reported) and from the Mariners.
Posted on: August 6, 2009 6:44 pm
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox enter this weekend's big series with the Yankees with pitching problems. They also have health problems.
Manager Terry Francona admitted today that left fielder Jason Bay could miss the entire four-game series because of a sore hamstring he aggravated in Wednesday night's game at Tampa Bay.
"When you play a guy and he takes a step backwards, you don't feel good about it," Francona said.
With Bay out and with Rocco Baldelli on the disabled list after fouling a ball off his ankle, the Red Sox played Kevin Youkilis in the outfield for the first time this year and just the third time since 2006. Josh Reddick, who returned from the minor leagues to take Baldelli's roster spot, figures to play the outfield Friday night.
Posted on: July 23, 2008 4:02 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2008 7:26 pm
The Phillies, who had been among the more aggressive teams pursuing Colorado closer Brian Fuentes, have shifted their attention to Pittsburgh left-hander John Grabow and Baltimore lefty George Sherrill, according to sources.
Phillies special assistant Charley Kerfeld has been in Houston watching the Pirates, and the Phillies had three different scouts in to watch the Orioles during their current homestand. While the Phillies have also shown interest in Pittsburgh outfielder Xavier Nady, a deal for Grabow is considered a much stronger possibility.
As for Fuentes, there's still some question about whether the Rockies will trade him. Even if they do, the Phillies now consider him too expensive in terms of the players they would have to give up.
The Orioles seem increasingly likely to trade Sherrill. The Baltimore Sun reported that both St. Louis and Milwaukee have shown interest, but the Angels might have a better chance to get him by offering shortstop Erick Aybar. As one scout who has followed the Orioles said: "Baltimore is dying for a shortstop, and Aybar could be a regular for them."
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has told people that his phone has been ringing off the hook since Sherrill pitched so well in the All-Star Game last week.
"That's who he needs to pitch with, because he needs runs," the scout said. "He's another Bill Bavasi mistake. If the Mariners can get rid of Washburn, they should. If they get rid of him, that would help whoever gets that (Seattle GM) job next year."
The Mets know they have little chance of winning without closer Billy Wagner, and they also know there's no way they have enough chips to trade for someone who could successfully replace Wagner if he can't pitch. That's why they still list a corner outfielder, preferably one who bats right-handed, as their primary need, with relief help and even another starting pitcher behind that.
The Mets have talked about Nady and also Jason Bay, but it's doubtful they have enough to get either one from the Pirates. It might be more realistic to think that they could get Casey Blake from Cleveland, or Austin Kearns from Washington. Seattle's Raul Ibanez has also been discussed, even though he bats left-handed.
Tags: Andy MacPhail, Angels, Austin Kearns, Bill Bavasi, Billy Wagner, Brewers, Brian Fuentes, Cardinals, Casey Blake, Charley Kerfeld, Erick Aybar, George Sherrill, Indians, Jarrod Washburn, Jason Bay, John Grabow, Mariners, Mariners, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Pirates, Raul Ibanez, Rockies, Xavier NAdy, Yankees