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“Jason Bay may have gotten a better deal for himself by leaving the Mets than he did when he initially signed with them.
Not only will Bay be paid the entire $21 million he is owed by the Mets, as has been reported, but the $15 million that is being deferred under the terms of the severance agreement is to be paid by the end of 2015, meaning the deferred monies will be paid only over an additional two years, CBSSports.com has learned.
Neither side would comment on the deferred payments, but sources familiar with the deal say the short deferral — the deferred monies are to be paid in five installments — means the present-day value of the contract is worth only about $850,000 less than the full $21 million. Had the team simply cut him, they would have had to pay him all the money by the end of 2013.”…
So instead of the Mets ridding themselves of this Bay headache right now, they decided it was worth prolonging over 2 years… in order to save $850,000. But no, they are not in a financial cespool right now. They won’t be selling this team any time soon. They just need the fans to somehow, miraculously, re-emerge at Citi Field, right?
“According to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone, Terry Collins said he intends to have a conversation with Jason Bay about how he will be used going forward.
“We are going to, depending on who is on the mound, make some adjustments out there,” Collins said, according to Cerrone. “We have to get our left-handed bats in the lineup.”
With that said, Collins expects Bay to get plenty of at-bats and have the opportunity to get himself on track – he will be used primarily against left-handed hitters and he will be used selectively against right-handed hitters.”
So basically, nothing will change. Bay hasn’t been playing regularly against right handers in some time now and he will start against lefties, which he has been doing. Thanks for telling us something we already knew.
“On the day the Mets announced that left fielder Jason Bay will become a platoon player, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets have no plans to swallow the final guaranteed season of his four-year, $66 million contract.
“Certainly, there are times when it is appropriate to eat a contract,” Alderson told ESPN New York “There are other times when it is not. Jason Bay is not going anywhere, nor is his contract.”…”
“Sometimes the most interesting trades are the ones that don’t happen.
Consider this fascinating change-of-scenery exchange that the Miami Marlins and New York Mets kicked around, according to major league sources:
Outfielder Jason Bay to the Marlins for reliever Heath Bell and catcher John Buck.
The deal never was close, sources said. But it would have enabled both clubs to purge players who are flopping miserably this season.
The money almost would have matched up, too — Bell and Buck are owed a few million more than Bay through the length of their contracts (Bell’s deal expires after 2014, Buck’s and Bay’s after 2013).
Bay, who is batting .162 with a .558 OPS, could have become the Marlins’ left fielder, enabling Logan Morrison to eventually move to first base, where he would replace Carlos Lee.
Buck, who is batting .168 with a .582 OPS, would have fulfilled the Mets’ desire to add a catcher.
And Bell, who has a 5.66 ERA and lost the closer’s role after signing a three-year, $27 million free-agent contract, would have gotten a fresh start in the Mets’ reeling bullpen.
The deal might not have helped either club, considering the recent struggles of all three players. But how much could it have hurt?
Bay, Bell and Buck all are certain to clear waivers, so perhaps the teams can revisit the idea again later this month.”
While this is obviously a hypothetical now, it has been discussed over and over on Twitter. Fans seem split, with half all for it, half against it and then the some who just don’t get the business of baseball, but those idiots just get ignored.
I think that I would have taken this deal if I were the Mets. While it is slightly more money and contract length heading the Mets way, sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes. Bay has overstayed his welcome here in Flushing, and quite possibly as a Major Leaguer. Buck is serviceable at times, a right handed hitting catcher with power, and if Bell could lose some weight, he may be again serviceable, or at least get back on his yo-yo act, from Flushing to Buffalo and vice versa, and re-live the good old days.
However, the deal wasn’t done, so we can all say whatever we want because none of it really matters. I think that so many people are actually for it due to the fact that they are simply sick of seeing Bay sulk around the batter’s box, not that we actually want Buck or Bell on our team for the amount they are due.
I am completely fine with the Mets deadline inactivity and fully support Alderson’s plan and how this team is developing their youth for the future.
“This is not a platoon — at least not yet. Despite outfielder Jason Bay’s season-long slump and 0-for-15 funk entering Saturday’s play, and despite the presence of tough D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy on the mound, Mets manager Terry Collins plugged Bay back into Saturday’s lineup, batting sixth. The goal is to give Bay as many at-bats as possible as he works through his troubles.
“He’s going to be in there,” Collins said, noting that Bay will also play Sunday against lefty Joe Saunders. “He’s the answer to what we’re trying to find, and that’s that big right-handed bat. If you sit him down … he’s not going to get better.”
To be certain, Bay’s leash will not last indefinitely; injured outfielder Mike Baxter is due back from the disabled list within days, and could start infringing upon Bay’s playing time shortly thereafter. Given Baxter’s strong play earlier this season, it is not inconceivable to think he could force Collins to utilize a left-field platoon before long…”
Well isn’t this just terrible news to wake up to on a Sunday. I don’t care if its a week, 5 days, 3 days, whatever. Bay should not be getting any amount of playing time in this lineup any longer. He is not the Jason Bay who used to hit upwards of 25 homeruns. He hardly makes contact. Yes, he hustles and plays solid defense, but I just can’t anymore with this guy. I have reached my limit. I have been one of his biggest defenders/supporters but enough is enough and it’s time for a change. Eat the salary Mets. It worked with Castillo and Perez and needs to be done now.