J-Bay has proven to be a tough out, a good defender, and a good power hitter.
However, Bay's contract is up after this season.
Many good free agent outfielders will also be available (Matt Holliday is the marquee name), but J-Bay is so hyped up on his BoSox popularity, that he'll demand tons of money, which may lead the Red Sox front office to pursue Holliday as a cheaper alternative to Bay.
Not to mention, Bay has already rejected multiple generous contracts from the Red Sox before he was in his current slump.
I love Bay, but I'd love to see Holliday in a Red Sox uniform more.
I have a feeling that Bay may turn into a Nate McLouth: A one-year wonder.
Holliday has shown that he can put up good numbers for many years.
Some of Holliday's numbers might have been boosted by the thin atmosphere at Coors Field, but he's still putting up decent numbers this season, split between Oakland and St. Louis.
Let's compare the numbers: Holliday (with Oakland and St. Louis) is hitting .320 with 15 home runs, 71 RBI, a .401 OBP with a .512 slugging percentage for an OPS of .913.
Bay is hitting .259 with 24 home runs, 81 RBI, with an OBP of .397 and a slugging percentage of .521 for an OPS of .909.
You have to think that some of Bay's numbers have been inflated by the excellent lineup that he hits in. Plus he plays in the bandbox of Fenway Park.
Imagine what Holliday's numbers would be like with him hitting in Fenway with the Red Sox lineup.
The Red Sox are going to have to go at Holliday hard and fast if they want to get him. They can't let his agent elongate things to allow the Yankees to swoop in and sign him, a-la Mark Teixeira.
I love Jason Bay, but think about the great things Matt Holliday would do in a Red Sox uniform.