- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jason Bay is done talking about his offseason free-agent status. He doesn’t want to discuss his four-year $66 million deal he signed with the New York Mets. He doesn’t want to talk about the fallout he had with the Red Sox and the supposed health issues Boston was concerned about.
Before his Mets took on the Red Sox in a Grapefruit League contest, Bay met with a small group of Red Sox beat writers at Tradition Field and stated his case.
“Health related, or anything like that, I’m taking the fifth [amendment],” he said. “I’m trying to move on. I said my piece and I’ve moved on. It’s done. Nothing is going to change.”
Bay is in today’s lineup against the Red Sox and is looking forward to seeing his former teammates.
He did talk about the Red Sox in the post-J-Bay era, saying all the talk about Boston’s lack of offense is nonsense.
“I think it’s ludicrous that everybody keeps talking about their offense,” Bay said. “I don’t really understand it. You lose one guy and you add [Marco] Scutaro, [Adrian] Beltre and [Mike] Cameron, I guess it’s just offseason fodder.
“You’re doing you’re calculations and all of that, but I mean it’s actually kind of baffling, almost funny to me that those guys over there have to keep answering offensive questions, because I think they’re going to be fine.
“You look at the guys they have, are you going to score 15 runs a game? Who is? But how much offense are you looking for. I think it’s laughable that’s even an issue because I think they will be more than fine.”
When Bay signed with the Mets and the Red Sox signed Cameron to play center field, Boston’s management decided to move Jacoby Ellsbury to left field. Bay believes it’ll be a good move.
“I think he’ll do great. If anything, he might not know it, it’ll probably help him a little bit,” Bay said. “It’ll save his legs because he won’t be covering as much ground definitely at home, and even on the road you’re not covering as much room as you normally would, and for a guy like him it’ll keep him a little bit fresher here and there.
“In a perfect world he’s definitely a center fielder, but I don’t think this is going to hurt him at all.”