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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mariners DFA Jason Bay to make room for Michael Morse

Bad Jason. Jason, Mariners are talking to you. J-J-J-JASON, MARINERS ARE TALKING TO YOU! (voorhees a jolly good…)

It was obvious the Mariners were facing a tough choice when it came time to activate Michael Morse, and they’ve made it: Jason Bay was designated for assignment this morning. Morse was recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the 15-day disabled list, where he has been since injuring his right quad on June 22. Morse will join the team on Tuesday in Boston, when they begin a six-game road trip against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Bay, 34, was attempting to resurrect his career in Seattle after some down years in New York with the Mets, including a .165 average in 70 games in 2012. He made the Mariners out of spring training as a non-roster player and had his moments in the first half, but his playing time, and productivity, had begun to diminish.

In 68 games, Bay hit .204 (42-for-206) with 11 homers and 20 runs batted in. Bay was just 3-for-29 with one double and one homer in July.  The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Bay to the minors. He is a three-time All-Star who exceeded 3o homers and 100 RBIs three times in his career.

Repoz Posted: July 29, 2013 at 04:13 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4507168)
I'm honestly surprised to hear he was still on the team. For some reason, I thought he was DFAed long ago.

Do they still have Oliver Perez too? What about Carlos Silva? Richie Sexson?
   2. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: July 29, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4507169)
I was just thinking of Jason Bay last night. He's precisely what can go wrong when a team signs a 30+ FA. The Mets just got him too late. I remember thinking it was an overpay but that he would be good for at least 2 years of 275 with 25HR and 75BB, even in Citifield. Ugh.

On another note, he's hitting .204/.298/.393/.691 and that's somehow good for a 98 OPS+ in Seattle.

   3. JJ1986 Posted: July 29, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4507172)
Just another case of steroid users taking jobs away from other players.
   4. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: July 29, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4507207)
Yankees probably would have been better off getting Bay for free than paying $ plus a prospect for two years of Soriano.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 29, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4507211)
Do they still have Oliver Perez too?


They not only still have him, he's been remarkably effective over the past two seasons. This year:

41 G
38.1 IP
2.35 ERA
7.5 H/9
12.2 K/9

The guy's been great since the M's got him.
   6. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: July 29, 2013 at 05:20 PM (#4507230)
Yankees probably would have been better off getting Bay for free than paying $ plus a prospect for two years of Soriano.


I was thinking the same thing. But I think Soriano might be somewhat of a better hitter - he seems to have "collapsed" to a 100 OPS+ to Bay's 80 OPS+. Of course it's hindsight; Bay wasn't available last week. And the Mariners didn't outright Bay - the Yankees would theoretically have to trade something for him.

Soriano (at least in NYC) is famouser than Bay. That probably means something.

It's very close, though.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: July 29, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4507249)
In related news, I see that Frenchy has indeed landed with the Giants.
   8. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: July 29, 2013 at 05:40 PM (#4507255)
All day, DFA, Jason Bay...

The guy's been great since the M's got him.

Safeco has that kind of an effect on pitchers.
   9. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: July 29, 2013 at 05:40 PM (#4507256)
I dunno, Soriano still has some pop. Bay's been pretty worthless for awhile now.
   10. eddieot Posted: July 29, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4507263)
Do they still have Oliver Perez too?

Ollie P is one of the better comeback stories out there this year:
38.3 IP, 3 W, 2 Sv, 52 Ks, 17 BB, 2.34 ERA, 1.2783 WHIP

Lot of contenders could use a lefty like that for the rest of the year. Why he hasn't been dealt is beyond me...
   11. eddieot Posted: July 29, 2013 at 05:48 PM (#4507265)
Coke owed to vortex...
   12. Dan Posted: July 29, 2013 at 06:35 PM (#4507303)
Safeco has that kind of an effect on pitchers.


Because Shea Stadium and Citi Field are such tough parks for pitchers.

It looks like a case of a guy simplifying his mechanics and repertoire and rediscovering his stuff. Only pitching from the stretch and relying almost entirely on his fastball and slider seems to have allowed Perez to regain velocity and (enough) control to start pitching effectively again.
   13. Greg Franklin Posted: July 29, 2013 at 08:37 PM (#4507387)
Circa early June, Bay was not worthless -- he was hitting better than he ever had with the Mets, because he was being spotted very well against mostly LH pitching, playing in left field and occasionally in right field when Mike Morse was hurt.

The problem for Bay was that when Raul Ibanez got hot, the manager (the one on the DL, and the acting one) decided to play Raul in LF every day against all pitching, and a month later to make Dustin Ackley the full-time center fielder (moving Mike Saunders to a corner position). Since then, Bay lost his playing time and his batting stroke to get down to roughly a 0.0 WAR level - the prototype replacement player. And he just got replaced.

Lot of contenders could use a lefty like that for the rest of the year. Why he hasn't been dealt is beyond me...


With the M's creeping to .500, it is generally thought GM Zduriencik is waiting for the best offer, and that Oliver Perez is the only candidate to be traded to a contender. Everyone else of the old veterans is being kept to help the drive to 75 (or 83).
   14. Buck Coats Posted: July 29, 2013 at 08:51 PM (#4507405)
Soriano (at least in NYC) is famouser than Bay.


I dunno, Bay's still pretty well-remembered in NY too...
   15. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4507528)
What about Carlos Silva? Richie Sexson?


#### you.


Because Shea Stadium and Citi Field are such tough parks for pitchers.

It looks like a case of a guy simplifying his mechanics and repertoire and rediscovering his stuff.


Safeco is a significantly better pitcher's park than either of them.

To the other point, it's pretty clearly a case of a guy being stuck in the bullpen and having success, as happens all the time.
   16. Textbook Editor Posted: July 30, 2013 at 09:38 AM (#4507671)
Would Bay be worse than Delmon Young?

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