Pirates - Signed Bay
Pittsburgh Pirates - Signed OF Jason Bay to a 4-year contract.
MLB is reporting this as $18.25 million over 4 years with another half a million in possible bonuses.
Easy thumbs-up for the Pirates - short of catastrophic injury, the Pirates should be coming out ahead by the end of 2007. You can’t buy goodwill in arbitration years of a player by giving them good, fair, deals, but you can certainly lose it by doing the opposite. It’d be fun for the Pirates to sign Brian Giles, too, just to rub it in the faces of the Padres, but they’re going to spending all their new licensing and national TV dough in the remainder bin and then be confused when they finish 72-90 and don’t score any runs. Of course, the Padres at least got Giles - the Expos got Lou Collier in return for Bay.
But it won’t be Bay’s fault. Bay will continue to be Pittsburgh’s new Brian Giles - Bay even added the high-percentage basestealing with only average speed and faked center without falling on his face in 2005.
2006 ZiPS Projection - Jason Bay
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
542 90 161 35 5 32 99 84 122 16 .297 .395 .557
Posted: November 17, 2005 at 07:09 PM | 28 comment(s)
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