MLB Trade Speculation: Would the Red Sox Bring Back Jason Bay to Fenway?

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIMay 26, 2011

DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets is welcomed back to the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Josh Thole of the Mets to give the Mets a 3-1 lead over the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jason Bay had more than one productive season with the Boston Red Sox.  

With injuries and disappointment following him during his tenure as a member of the New York Mets, is it time for the Red Sox to look to reacquire the outfielder?

Despite his struggles and injury concerns, Jason Bay is still a premium MLB player.  Premium MLB players cost significant money. The Red Sox already have substantial money committed to their corner outfield spots.

Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew are both making many millions and it would be hard for the Red Sox to justify pushing such a highly paid player to the bench. Mike Cameron is a more than serviceable fourth outfielder and the Red Sox have more substantive needs in the starting rotation when the deadline comes around.

Theo Epstein should focus on true needs at the trade deadline. Outfield is not a need.  

Carl Crawford, at his best, is one of the top hitters in baseball. J.D. Drew, although inconsistent at times, can be a key cog in the best of lineups. Neither can be shifted to center field, because Jacoby Ellsbury is one of the best baserunners in baseball.  

Despite his past successes with the Red Sox, Bay will not return to the team this season.

Bay's struggles at the plate also are cause for concern. For the Red Sox to part with one of their top prospects, they need to be certain they will get a return on their investment. When Bay was with the Red Sox in 2009, he hit 36 home runs and 119 RBIs.

With the Mets last season, Bay played in 95 games and hit only six home runs. This season, he is hitting only .227.

Jason Bay had a good tenure with the Red Sox, but he will not return.