Mets and Jason Bay part ways

11/8/12 in MLB   |   Jeverson_Cruz   |   4 respect

The New York Mets announced Wednesday that they have agreed to part ways with struggling left fielder Jason Bay. After going to New York before the 2010 season, Bay was never able to produce the numbers that earned him that 4 year, $66 million deal with the Mets.  Before signing with the Mets, Bay hit 36 home runs and had drove in 119 RBI for the Boston Red Sox. In three years as a Met, Bay hit 26 home runs and drove in 124 RBI mostly due to his inability to stay healthy. Bay, a .269 career hitter only hit .234 as a Met.
Jul. 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy (28) is congratulated by teammate outfielder Jason Bay (44) during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIREThis is a step in the right direction for a fan base that has been frustrated enough with bust free agent signings from the past regime, like Oliver Perez and so on. Jason Bay grew tired on many Met fans and it was time for a change of scenery for him and the organization. Every teammate of his raved about his work ethic and how good a person he was but the fact of the matter is that Bay never lived up to the contract and instead of being a burden on the organization, it was best to cut its losses.
For a club that is in the same media market as the Yankees, it is imperative for the Mets to sometimes admit they made a mistake on a free agent and cut their losses as they did with Bay. I am not a Met fan but I know it was gut wrenching for fans to watch Terry Collins be forced to play Jason Bay this past season over a Lucas Duda, who has a lot of upside and could help the team for several years to come.
Now that Bay is done, the New York Mets can focus on more pressing needs, like addressing their outfield and catching situations, as well as the contract situations of knuckleball sensation RA Dickey and third baseman David Wright. Sandy Alderson is the head of a new regime in Queens and little by little, he can start setting his own foundation for how he is going to want this team to make the playoffs and then eventually win its first title since 1986.
As for Jason Bay, a change of scenery may do him well and perhaps platooning between being a DH and an outfielder in the American league.  Playing in a smaller, more hitter friendly ballpark may also jumpstart Bay, as these past three years he’s been in Citi Field, which is a more pitcher friendly ballpark even after moving in the fences.
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