The New York Mets have reached an agreement (pending physical) with free agent outfielder Jason Bay, as reported by MLB Trade Rumors. Yesterday, we at Baseball Professor wrote an article predicting his stats for the various teams interested in Bay.
The deal is supposedly for four years and about $66MM, and a recent update says that the contract also has a vesting option worth over $14MM for a fifth year. This makes the total deal slightly more than $80MM over five years.
I predicted yesterday that Bay's productivity would go down from last year and that he would not have another 30-100 season. I say this because of the large dimensions in Citi Field and the fact that no one on the Mets hit more than 12 home runs. This is due in large part to the injuries sustained by the club last year, but nonetheless those power numbers in a new park are startling.
What does everyone think of this signing? How will Bay fare now that he is a member of the Mets?
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