The New York Mets announced today that they have agreed to part ways with Jason Bay, allowing him to become a free agent despite having a year left on his deal. And you can be certain the Rays will be interested in signing Bay if the price is right.
Bay would fit nicely in the Rays lineup and is exactly the type of veteran hitter the Rays love. He could DH for the Rays and is a decent glove that could see time in the outfield. He is also coming off several bad years with the Mets and will likely be dirt cheap.
During his three seasons in New York, Bay hit just .234 with a total of just 26 home runs. And this past season he hit just .165 with a .237 OBP (.240 wOBA). However Bay will be just 34 in 2013 will be looking to rejuvenate his career. In the six seasons prior to signing with the Mets, Bay hit .280 with a .377 OBP and averaged 30 home runs per season.
We also know that the Rays have shown interest in Bay in the past, nearly trading Jeff Niemann and Reid Brignac for the outfielder at the trade deadline in 2008. That deal fell through. But don’t be surprised if the Bay is finally wearing the blue and white, five years later.