Bay Passes Mets Physical As Last Step in Deal
|01.04.10 at 1:09 pm ET|
According to a baseball source, Jason Bay passed his physical with the Mets on Monday morning, the final step that stood between him and finalizing his four-year, $66 million contract that includes a vesting option for the 2014 season that could push the value of the deal to $80 million over five years. News of Bay passing the physical was first reported via Twitter by Brad Como of SNY.
Part of the hang-up in the Red Sox’ negotiations with Bay, according to multiple reports, was related to the team’s concern about the slugger’s knee (Bay underwent arthroscopic surgery after the 2006 season) and right shoulder (which required surgery in 2003). But apparently those areas did not raise any red flags in the physical, with one source stating that suggestions about Bay being subjected to the mother of all physicals was vastly exaggerated.
Bay’s record of staying on the field, meanwhile, is impressive. Over the past five years, he has played the second most games and innings among all major-league outfielders, behind only Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki.
“When you’re talking about this level of elite player, I think that durability and consistency is important,” Bay’s agent, Joe Urbon, said in November. “Everyone talks about Everyday J-Bay, but the fact that he’s one of four outfielders who has not been on the D.L. for a single day in the last five years is something that raises eyebrows.
“It’s all about managing risk,” the agent added. “What [Bay] has to offer is exactly what [teams] are looking for when they’re looking to fill these holes and be safe with their investment, knowing that they’re going to have that rare and valuable combination of durability, consistency and productivity going forward.”
As WEEI.com reported on Sunday, the deal between Bay and the Mets was reached on Christmas morning.
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