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Mets willing to give Bay something Sox weren't

Meanwhile, source says Boston quietly engaged in talks for Beltre

Updated: December 29, 2009, 7:51 PM ET
By Gordon Edes

Any chance of left fielder Jason Bay returning to the Red Sox, which essentially ended when Boston told him they were going in another direction (which turned out to be John Lackey) ended with news that Bay has come to terms with the New York Mets.

The difference between the two offers? The Red Sox were unwilling to go past a fourth year, while the Mets, according to terms reported by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, included a vesting fifth-year option with readily attainable performance ...

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