Bay Joins All-Time Met List on Way Out

Well I certainly didn’t see that one coming. The Mets parted ways with Jason Bay a full year ahead of schedule with a Buyout that included his obscene 2013 salary of 16M, the 3M buyout needed to void 2014, and 2M still due on his signing bonus.

But Jason Bay did manage to join the Mets all-time list while he was here in NY as he now owns the title of “Best relationship with fans ever for Mega-free agent bust”.

Think about it, there have been some doozies as far as free agent busts go and the fans will ALWAYS turn on them. Bonilla, Alomar, Kaz Matsui are the 11st 3 that leap to mind  but it never ends well for flame out free agents.

But Bay never felt the full wrath of Met fans. Maybe it’s because he always looked like he busted his ass, and always looked like he was mad at himself. Or whatever the reason he was treated better than any other bust in franchise history.

The total haul of  the buyout is 21M. From my understanding the Mets don’t safe a penny here, but they get to deter a portion over a handful of years. 

The Mets gain “some” payroll flexability for 2013 and Bay is free to hook on with another team. I’m sure someone will give him a shot to regain his stroke especially since he’ll come dirt cheap. 

I gotta assume Bay will sign a heavily incentive laden deal that will cost a team virtually nothing to ink him but will low him to make millions if he suddenly becomes Boston Bay again. And if that happens he just might clock in around 26-30M next season. Imagine that.

As for the Mets my instincts tell me they were able to fee up between 5-7M in flexibility for winter dealings which I’ll gladly take.

will always remain a riddle here in Met land. Not only did his bat mysteriously fail to ever show up in NY but his relationship with the fans 

13 Responses to “Bay Joins All-Time Met List on Way Out”

  1. USMF Says:

    Sure, I know everyone is happy Bay is gone, and it is the best move for everyone…but unless Sandy was able to defer 50% or more of the 21mil due to Bay, I’m not sure how this is really a win.

    Why buy him out for his full contract and pay all (or almost all of it now) when you could cut him and pay the money out over time and possibly save som ecash if another team signs him…or even if the Mets are willing to pay all his money, why not offer a trade for something back even if it’s a bag of balls and the Mets pay all his 2013 salery and the other team has to pay the option.

    I’m just sure how this is really a “great move” other than moving on from Bay…it just seems like there were better ways to get rid of him.

    Plus, how much do you wanna bet that little or now of the money saved by dumping Bay (if there really is any) gets reinvested into the roster this year?

  2. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    This move seems very strange to me. I would have rather brought him back to spring training, hope he did well then trade him.

    If it doesn’t work you could negotiate the same thing then

  3. OptimistBlondiesJake Says:

    Totally disagree with USMF and FMFR. It was the right move at the right time, get rid of the dead weight and be done with him, especially since some of it will be deferred. Even if he started hot, nobody is taking him and his contract. So it wasn’t like the Mets were going to save money.

    Now that he’s gone, time to sign Dickey to an extension (because if reasonable could still deal him at some point if team not in race), bring in some RH OF bats, find some relievers and hope to catch lightning in a bottle and get ready for spring training!

  4. Met_Maven Says:

    I don’t think the Mets would get rid of Bay if they didn’t come to a reasonable deferment of his contract. At least, I hope they got a reasonable deferment. The Mets weren’t breaking the bank on a FA outfielder or catcher but the money they save from paying Bay in full could at least lead to signing Wright or RA or a decent outfielder.

    I’m curious, would anyone want to risk signing Melky Cabrera if he was to take a 1 year contract in the $1 - $2 mill range? I’ve heard a lot of talk about the Mets possibly signing him, I’m not sure I’d be for it, but if it could help the Mets I might be able to tolerate a year.

  5. Dave Says:

    Mets traded pitcher Billy Traber and outfielders Matt Lawton and Alex Escobar for Alomar.

    I like the news of course, but if we gain nothing financially really, it’s not a huge deal. He was just going to be a bat off the bench next season anyways.

  6. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    dave: how are things in the fifth dimension these days? Is the internet connection that slow, or are you saying it’s deja vu all over again? Either way, I agree with BJake here: right move, right time. Let’s put him on the deferred list along with Bonilla and Mo Vaughn, free up some now cash and make some moves.

  7. USMF Says:

    I don’t disagree with the idea behind the move, but the reports are saying that very little of the money is getting deferred…and none of Bay’s 2013 salary is deferred.

    If that’s true, then why not just cut him? Why not trade him for something?

    If no money is deferred, than what’s the point of the move? There are better options that just a buyout…that’s why it never happens.

  8. Dave Says:

    the dude formerly known as bill l.
    If you did a little reading you would have read that Alomar was a FA signing bust when in fact the Mets traded for him. hmmm

  9. OptimistBlondiesJake Says:

    USMF, I think u r making a big deal out of nothing. What’s the real difference, possibly a few dollars? And now Bay is gone and so the team can move forward. It also shows the team will at least make a play for a new OF or two, which was necessary.

    Dave, I’m not understanding your statement. Are you saying Alomar was a FA bust in Cleveland prior to the Mets trading for him? Because that would be absolutely false. You could say he wasn’t a great FA success his 2nd and 3rd years in Baltimore but that came prior to Cleveland. Just go to baseball-reference.com for the proof.

    And since the Mets didn’t give up anything of major value to get him, who cares anyway? They took a chance and it didn’t work out.

  10. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    dave: gotcha. my mistake.

  11. USMF Says:

    Jake- it’s big for too parts, first off, everyone is going nuts loving on our ahole of a GM and praising him on making this great deal…sure letting Bay go was the right thing…but lets’s not go overboard praising Alderson on this move.

    2nd, Bay is going to get his entire contract..fine, but if the Mets cut him, then they could have saved money on this option (I think) if another team signed Bay, plus they’d save the difference on the salary.

    and even if it was just a bag of balls, and the Mets paying off 95% of his salery… that would be a much better deal.

  12. OptimistBlondiesJake Says:

    USMF, agreed on not going overboard praising Alderson for the move. As to cutting, nobody was picking up any more than the ML minimum on that salary, and pretty sure they deferred more than they would’ve saved by that option. Can’t imagine they didn’t look at that closely since this team playing the “we have money problems” card.

  13. USMF Says:

    Yeah, I heard that too, but then I hear that almost none (if none at all) of the 2013 money got deferred…and that getting rid of Bay didn’t help payroll flexibility this year at all.

    It’s strange that the details of the “buyout” haven’t been released. I just want to hear what the deal was before I start loving on it.

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