Can Jason Bay Be Traded?

Bay Watch

7/31/12 in MLB   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

July 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets batter Jason Bay (44) hits a single during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIREBaseball's trading deadline will come and go today and Jason Bay will almost certainly still be a New York Met. But it doesn't have to be that way. The Mets need to hire a whole team of shifty marketing types and snake oil salemen to work the phones and find one chump out there that will allow the Mets to eat a significant portion of his contract and take this guy off their hands. P.T. Barnum said there's one born every minute, so get on it and go out and find that sucker.

After last night's game against San Francisco, Bay's stock has never been higher. He went one for three, drew two walks, scored three runs and even stole a base. The guy is on fire, I tell ya. He even lifted his batting average to a robust .164. Teams should be falling all over each other to take him. Hey, how about the Pirates? They're in contention, and once upon a time he used to play pretty well for those guys. It'll be a homecoming of sorts. A tearful reunion. The Pirates don't even need to give much up. How about a player to be named later... much later, if you like. Failing that, perhaps the Mets can just slap a "return to sender" label on his forehead and ship him back to Boston. Bobby Valentine will make a man out of him.

But seriously folks, is Jason Bay the worst free agent signing in baseball history? Four years for $66 million? Can you think of anyone getting less of a return on an investment? Please let me know. In the meantime I've got to call San Francisco. They might like the idea of a guy named Bay playing for them. It can't hurt to ask. 
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