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Jason Bay has had another completely lost season this year, even though he has only played in 63 games thanks to multiple stints on the disabled list. When healthy though, he has rarely helped the Mets win.
Bay has continued to not hit well consistently and has not been the veteran presence in the outfield that the Mets were hoping for when they signed him prior to the 2010 season. He has played hard and made great catches in the field, but those only go so far due to the fact that he got paid to hit home runs for one.
With the Mets becoming more and more of a young, homegrown team, this could be it for Bay. Lucas Duda is likely to become the everyday left fielder next year unless he gets traded. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Scott Hairston, Jordany Valdespin, Mike Baxter, and maybe even prospect Matt den Dekker will all be in the mix to become starting outfielders in 2013 as well.
At best, Bay would be a platoon outfielder with Duda in left field, but if the Mets want to make a statement to their fans that they care about the team's future, a good start would be to release Bay, especially because no other team would likely want his services next year. And if any other team did, the Mets would have to eat most, if not all of his salary.
Bay really hasn't offered anything positive to the Mets for three years, so conventional wisdom would be that he won't do any better in 2013. If Bay hits better for the last two weeks of this season though, he could save his job and remain a Met next year.