Bay spent a season and a half in Boston, coming as part of the deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers at the 2008 trade deadline. While with the Red Sox, Bay had 9 homers and 37 RBIs in 49 games in 2008 and followed that with a stellar 2009 season: a .267 average, 36 homers, 119 RBIs and a .921 OPS.
Bay signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets in January 2010, but Bay's time as a Met was marred by injuries and a mystifying inability to hit for power after four seasons of having hit at least 30 home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Red Sox.
In his three years as a Met, Bay hit a total of 26 home runs and drove in 124 runs. A career .269 hitter, he batted just .234 as a Met.
Bay suffered a concussion running into the wall in his first season with the team and appeared in only 95 games. He also suffered a rib injury that limited him to 123 games in 2011, and a broken rib that kept him out of all but 70 games in 2012.
Clearly, Bay is not the player he was with the Red Sox. Nevertheless, the Sox have a couple of holes in the outfield and could be inclined to take a flier on someone like Bay.
"I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level. But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we would benefit from a fresh start," Bay said in a team-issued statement. "I'm grateful we were able to reach an agreement to allow that to happen."
If you were GM Ben Cherington, would you take a chance on Bay if all it meant was a one-year deal for maybe $5 million? Vote in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Here is Gordon Edes' take on it:
Can't see anybody signing Jason Bay to anything but a minor-league, make-good contract.
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) November 7, 2012