|British Columbia native Jason Bay is officially a Seattle Mariner. (Getty Images)|
The Mariners agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Jason Bay earlier this week, and now that contract is official. Bay's deal will pay him $1 million if he's on the 25-man roster and $500,000 if he's dispatched to the minors.
"I am glad we were able to put this together and bring Jason back to the Northwest to continue his baseball career. This is a good opportunity for Jason as well as the Seattle Mariners," Seattle GM Zduriencik said in a statement. "Jason has a history of being a productive major-league player and has participated in postseason play. We look forward to adding his experience to our young group of players."
In order to make room for Bay on the 40-man, the Mariners have designated reliever Mauricio Robles for assignment.
Bay, of course, is coming off a disappointing stint with the Mets in which he batted .234/.318/.369 for New York and lost more than a full season's worth of games to injury. Considering his declining skills at the plate and suspect defense, he'll be best used in Seattle as the right-handed half of a DH platoon.