Is It Time for the New York Mets to Cut Jason Bay?

Nick Carlo@@carlo2612Analyst IIDecember 17, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out looking in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Recently, the constant talks of cutting Jason Bay have resurfaced and are heating up.  Jason Bay signed a four-year, guaranteed $66 million contract last offseason and he has not lived up to that contract at all.  Bay has been a huge disappointment at the plate and people are starting to get impatient.

Although Bay's tenure with the Mets has not been successful so far, he is actually showing some good signs as he is currently in a hot streak.  His recent hot streak might possibly be the best that he has ever played in a Mets uniform.

But that is not preventing his critics from bringing up the question to cut Bay.  Their are mixed reactions all around and I believe that Bay should not be cut yet.  Bay is finally starting to look like his old self at the plate again, and it is true that Bay's time with the Mets have been littered with mini hot streaks, but this one is different.

Bay did something that he should have done a long time ago; revert to his old hitting mechanics that he had in Boston.  Ever since Bay has remodeled his approach at the plate, he has looked like a completely different hitter.  

He has the potential to be a key part of this team's offense, and I don't think that the team should give up on him just yet.  Bay's recent surge is the main reason why I want the Mets to keep him for the rest of the season, but there are a few other big ones.


One of them is that the Mets don't have the financial resources to be eating contracts.  They need to let Bay play out his contract and hope that he finds himself.  Or the Mets can hold on to him, and possibly trade him in the offseason if he finishes the season strong, so his value will be fairly high.

If the Mets cut Bay now then it won't really do the team any good.  The best move would be to let him play out the season and see if any teams are interested in him.  Sandy Alderson will handle it greatly from there, and he should be able to work out a solid trade that would benefit the Mets and their farm system.

Although Bay's time with the Mets have been followed by failure and negativity, he is a great clubhouse personality, and has been handling this whole situation professionally.  That should not go unnoticed, and although his professionalism won't increase his stat line, it is definitely making this situation a whole lot more navigable for both sides. 

Bay has also not taken his offense to the outfield with him.  His defense in these past two years has been stellar and he has definitely been holding his own.  It's a shame that a good guy like Bay has been struggling, and I'm hoping that he will find his way soon, but if he doesn't, that's just a part of a game.  

The reality is that the good guys don't always succeed, but Mets fans should keep cheering for Bay in hopes that he can get back on track, and then Sandy Alderson will take it from there and do what he wants to do.  Hopefully Alderson will handle this situation greatly, and I have no doubts that he won't.