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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Should Red Sox be interested in Bay?

By ESPNBoston.com

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney tweeted on Tuesday that the Red Sox are kicking the tires on outfielder Jason Bay, who was bought out by the Mets:

The Red Sox are among the teams in contact with Jason Bay, as he considers his options for 2013. Looking for opportunity, familiarity.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 13, 2012


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.