I was on that list of fans too. Hoping that Bay would throw us a bone and sign here in Seattle, but instead, the New York Mets snatched him up for an astronomical price.
Looking back, we can all be thankful that Bay didn't sign with the Mariners because what followed his signing in 2010 were 3 seasons of sub par performance. Especially when you consider the fact that he was getting paid over 18 million dollars in his second and third years. The Mets eventually cut ties with him this off-season while still owing him over 18 million for 2013.
|PIT (6 yrs)||719||3038||2590||435||729||151||18||139||452||50||11||374||682||.281||.375||.515||.890||131|
|BOS (2 yrs)||200||849||715||142||196||41||5||45||156||16||3||116||213||.274||.380||.534||.915||133|
As you can see, before Jason Bay went to New York, he was an All-Star caliber player that most people would have loved having on their team. After that, it was hardly the case.
|NYM (3 yrs)||288||1125||986||128||231||41||7||26||124||26||2||119||258||.234||.318||.369||.687||90|
As a Mariner fan, we can be happy that we didn't get the New York Met Jason Bay and we can hope that his struggles were the result of playing under the pressure of a crazy huge contract. Coming to Seattle and playing in his home city may be exactly what he needs to come alive again. These are the kind of deals that Jack Z has put some stock in before with players like Milton Bradley, Jack Cust, Russell Branyan and others. In my opinion, this is one of the deals that I think just may pay off for the Mariners.
As fans, we can hope that Jason Bay will show up at the newly arranged Safeco Field and have some joy for baseball that he never obtained in New York. We can hope that he can take advantage of the shorter fences in our ballpark and hit some balls into the new Edgar Cafe, just over the left field fence. Bay will be making over 18 million this year, but Seattle will only be offering up about a million of that. If Bay can return to the same player that he was with Pittsburgh or Boston, we fell into a bargain and only waited 2 years for it to come to fruition.
I'm excited about the possibilities. I know that everyone isn't, but I do know that people flourish for different reasons and I can see this working out for the good of Jason Bay and the Seattle Mariners. If it doesn't work out, we cut our ties and we lose a million dollars. That's pocket change considering we watched Chone Figgins waste 9 million dollars the last four years. Hey, maybe the Met's can pick him up. They are looking at Miguel Olivo for their catcher.
Good Luck Jason Bay!