Bay Plugs Two Big Holes For The New York Mets

Goro RiveraContributor IDecember 31, 2009

BOSTON - OCTOBER 11:  Jason Bay #44 of the Boston Red Sox catches a Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fly ball in the third inning of Game Three of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Fenway Park on October 11, 2009 in Boston,  Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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No need to over analyse. The Mets needed a Left Fielder. Jason Bay plays Left Field. The Mets needed a power bat. Jason Bay has power. The Mets need a player they know can handle a large media market. Jason Bay just replaced the most popular player (Manny Ramirez) in a very tough baseball city (Boston). He will be 31, 32, 33 & 34 during the four guaranteed years. Not exactly past a players prime. After years of seeing the likes of LF's  Benny Agbayani, Roger Cedeno, brittle Moises Alou & Cliff Floyd, and Fernando Tatis. What's not to like? He catches the ball, throws to the right base, walks, and hits Home Runs. He has a track record of performance, and by all accounts is a hard nosed good clubhouse presence. He is just one of eight position players, and is only being asked to do well at his position. We are not asking him to pitch. Just do what you have always done.