Well, this is an interesting development. One day after Alex Anthopoulos said that he needed to be creative when scouring the market for pitching upgrades, a 2B, and a left fielder, the pride of Trail, BC became available. Jason Bay and the New York Mets reached an agreement that allows Bay to become a free agent.
Bay will receive all of the money that his contract stipulated. As reported on mlbtraderumors.com,
Bay, 34, signed a four-year, $66MM contract with the Mets prior to 2010. He was still owed $16MM in 2013, a $3MM buyout of his 2014 club/vesting option, and $2MM worth of signing bonus money. All of that accounts for the $21MM, which will now be spread over several years rather than the next 12 months.
Injuries and a dramatically-declining performance level necessitate caution, but the question is: “Should the Blue Jays sign him?” Paraphrasing Huck Finn, ‘to Bay or not to Bay, that’s the bare bodkin.’