Happy Bays Are Here Again

Jason Bay is moving on.

The Mets and Jason Bay have agreed to part ways.

“Jason has a tremendous work ethic. There was never any question about it,” Sandy Alderson said in a statement.  “Unfortunately, the results weren’t there and we are in a results-oriented business.  We thank Jason for his efforts and wish him well.”

Of course, the Mets will have to pay Bay’s full 2013 salary, but this is the right move.  Time to make room for the future on the field, even if room is not cleared on the ledger.

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  1. derek November 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    hopefully first of a few good moves…mets had to do this…at least this wont play out all year and we have an extra roster spot to use…..
  2. Mic November 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    What will they do with that spot? Dont be so sure its an upgrade.
    PS: watch Bay show he’s healthy and back to a 25HR/265 avg. next yr
  3. DaveSchneck November 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    Big question is how the moeny owed Bay is spread. Basically, how much of the $19 million attributed to the 2013 payroll can now be spent elsewhere? In typical Met fashion, they overlooked releasing that information to the public at this time. I wish Bay all the best, and 25 HR in 2013 won’t surprise me, it just betternot be with another team in the NL east.
    • Joe November 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm
      How the money is spread is important — I assume this in the long run will mean more to them than hoping they get SOMETHING for them & basically eating the money another way.

      As to the second point, is how it is set up totally finalized? Other than incompetence or stupid secrecy, is there a reason for not releasing all the details? I perhaps naively think “maybe so.”

  4. Dan Capwell November 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    I liked my deal with the Mariners better.
  5. Mic November 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    I would rather he had ‘retired’ due to post concussion.
    - Anyway: Mets unless told otherwise, have 19M invested in a LF who wont play. AND can now re-visit the Dan Murphy -in-LF experiment. With Duda outdue to surgery there are no healthy outfielders back….
    • Joe November 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm
      Reports are that Duda will be ready for spring training.
  6. Izzy November 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm
    Wow! Alderson finally made a good move. congrats, it only took 24 months. Would have been an even better move if Mets announced that Bay Alderson and his horde of failed and fired gms all parted ways. Oh well.
    • taskmaster4450 November 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm
      Signing Niese to a 5 year contract, trading an expiring contract for the #6 prospect in the nation (Wheeler), spending $1.1M for 20 HRs (Hairston), and $4.5 for 11 wins in 2011 (Capuano) are all good moves.

      Stop letting your hate deter you from what is actually going on.

  7. Englishman in Amsterdam November 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm
    Never have I had such vitriol and anger aimed at a player on a team I support before Jason Bay. Completely ecstatic that he’s gone.
  8. argonbunnies November 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Big props to Jason for deciding to look elsewhere rather than hold the Mets hostage. Many players facing the possible ends of their careers would ride that 2013 salary to every possible opportunity for playing time. But Bay agreed to restructure the payments, so now the Mets are free to spend a little more money this year. Very nice.
  9. Dan B November 8, 2012 at 7:56 am
    Before we hurt our arms patting Bay on the back, remember he gets all his money AND he has a chance to earn even more as a free agent. If the Mets had just released him, if another team picked him up, he wouldn’t get extra money. Plus he has all winter to tryout for teams. I think Bay got the best of both worlds here. How low must of been his trade value if the Mets could not find any team to take a flyer for the cost of a minimum contract? Will he play next year? Well, even Oliver Perez pitched in the majors last year.
    • Steven November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am
      Oliver Perez also just signed a contract with Seattle for like $2mm for next year if I recall
  10. Dan B November 9, 2012 at 7:52 am
    Filling the bullpen with bad signings, making only one productive trade in two years, and not trading Hairston and Capuano when they caught lightning in a bottle and were not going to spend the money to resign them.

    In two years, the record gets worse and the farm system does not get better yet the FO gets new contracts Why? Operational costs are cut and payroll goes down. That is why Alderson is here. I love the Mets but it doesn’t change what I see.