It turns out that all of the rumors about Jason Bay possibly returning to the Boston Red Sox were just that…rumors.
Earlier today it was announced that Bay had agreed to terms on a 4 year $66 million dollar contract with the circus act called the New York Mets. Bay joins a team that has plenty of superstars (Francisco Rodriguez, David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran) but has notoriously underachieved over the years. The Mets are full of big name players, but they are an embarrassment of a team that will never win with their current cast of characters.
Apparently, the idea of playing for a franchise like that intrigues Bay. In the past year, he has turned down a contract offer of 4 years and $60 million from the Red Sox, where he would have been playing in a pennant race each year. Instead, he will now be playing for the junior varsity team in New York, albeit for a few million more.
Enjoy your time in New York, Jason. I hope that the extra $6 million that the Mets are paying you will come in handy in October when you’re sitting at home watching the Red Sox in the playoffs.