Pending his physical, Jason Bay will be the newest outfielder for the Amazing Mets in 2010. Bay spent a total of about 14 months with the Red Sox and Boston was very welcoming of him. I don't expect the blow out to be over exaggerated due to Bay's exit from Boston, but I do think there will be lots of criticism to come about what decision the Red Sox made by letting Bay's bat leave the line up before finding a suitable replacement.
While with the Red Sox, Jason Bay posted some pretty good numbers in his season and a half with 196 hits in 715 AB's for a .275 AVG. Bay also had 45 HR, 156 RBI and 142 Runs scored. Do we really think Mike Cameron is going to produce those numbers here? Maybe. At least Cameron isn't charging $66 M for four years.
The Few, The Proud, The Cheered
There are a good number of players that get cheered when they come back to visit Fenway Park in a visitors uniform. Kevin Millar, Nomah, Pedro and a few solid others. Although his time here was short, I believe Jason Bay will be one of the few that do get cheered when they return to Boston, even if he is wearing a Mets uniform.
Whatever the reason was for both sides, Bay and the Sox, not being able to come to terms, hopefully it is for the best for both parties. Good luck Jason Bay, but not if it comes down to you or us in October.
Thanks to that wonderful photographer, Keith Allison for the picture of Jason Bay.