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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Mets - Signed Bay
New York Mets - Signed LF Jason Bay to a 4-year, $66 million contract.
This contract comes with an option for a 5th season.
This is a pretty good signing for the Mets, but with a few caveats. The team and the fans have to remember that while they’re getting a solid player in Bay, he’s not a superstar. The Mets needed a bat like Bay’s, but he’s not one of the best hitters in the league and his defense leaves much to be desired. Fenway and LF always seems to be an ongoing issue for defensive statistics, but Bay had a UZR of -12 in his last full year in Pittsburgh, so it’s not a stretch to say he’s a significantly below-average defensive player.
The Mets really have to get what pitching they can at this point. The problems with the team are such that even adding a needed bat in left doesn’t make the job done. To use a poker term, the Mets are “pot committed” after this signing. The team was at a crossroads, with too much talent to rebuild and perhaps not good enough to win the division, so if the team is going for it, they have to absolutely go for it. They have the weakest starting rotation of any NL team with a realistic expectation of competing in 2010 and signing Bengie Molina and a whole brigade de cuisine of backup catchers isn’t going to fix it.
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