A Bit About Bay and the Mets
|12.11.09 at 12:58 pm ET|
A baseball source confirmed that the Mets have made a four-year offer to free-agent outfielder Jason Bay. The proposal, according to the source, was for more than the $60 million that the Red Sox are believed to have on the table, but for less than the $65 million figure that was reported yesterday.
The Mets view Bay’s well-above-average pull power as playing well at New York’s Citi Field, where New York struggled to score runs while hitting just 49 homers. Bay hit 22 of his 36 homers to left, a dozen more to center and just two to the opposite field.
While the Mets view Bay as being a slightly below average defender in left, they do not believe that he is significantly worse than Matt Holliday at the position, and certainly they do not think that the dropoff in defense would be sufficient to justify a significant difference in years and dollars between Bay and Holliday. Neither player is likely an ideal defender for Citi Field, but both are viewed as adequate for the position. (It is worth noting that multiple American League talent evaluators at the Winter Meetings shared the conclusion that Bay and Holliday are comparable defenders, with perhaps a slight — though not significant — advantage going to Holliday.)
The Mets feel that they have a good shot to land one of the three biggest targets on the free-agent market: Bay, Holliday or John Lackey. Their preference would appear to be Bay, based on the fact that he was the player to receive a contract offer, based on production, Bay’s durability, and the years and dollars that it would appear to take to acquire the 31-year-old.
Bay could represent a potentially significant improvement to a lineup that had modest production (.276/.352/.421/.772 with 12 homers) from its left fielders in 2009. He would, in essence, replace Carlos Delgado (who earned $12 million in the final year of his Mets contract, but missed most of the season following hip surgery and an oblique injury while rehabbing) with a credible middle-of-the-order threat for a team that lacked one last year.
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