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Report: Mets discussed Bay trade with Fish

8/1/2012

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The Mets reportedly talked a pre-trading deadline swap of Jason Bay for Heath Bell and John Buck.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets discussed sending Jason Bay to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Bay is owed $16 million next season, plus a $3 million buyout of a vesting option for 2014. That option only kicks in at $17 million if Bay has 600 plate appearances next season, which will not occur.

The ex-Met Bell is owed a combined $18 million in 2013 and 2014. Buck is owed $6 million next season.

Rosenthal added: "The deal never was close, sources said. But it would have enabled both clubs to purge players who are flopping miserably this season."