The New York Mets signed Jason Bay to a four-year $66 million deal on December 29, 2009. The contract included a vesting option for a fifth year. The contract seemed like it wasn't horrible at the time, but it seems as if it indeed was pretty bad.
To say that Bay has struggled in these past two seasons would be an understatement. Bay has struggled to get anything going. Jason Bay looks like a completely different player than what he was back in Boston.
Bay is one of the last horrible contracts that ex-Mets general manager Omar Minaya handed out.
Bay will be the Mets' left fielder next year, though. The Mets are stuck with him for these next two years, and fans just have to hope that Bay can find his old self. If he can be even a fraction of what he was in Boston, then the Mets would be happy.
Despite Bay's ineffectiveness at the plate, he has been fantastic in the field. Bay has surprised many people with his fielding in these past two seasons. He has saved plenty of runs with his glove. It is a great thing that Bay hasn't brought his bat out to the field with him.
Bay has also been great in the clubhouse. His dry sense of humor bodes well with the players. It has been said that he is one of the quiet leaders of the Mets.
Teammates and management have been constantly impressed by Bay's professionalism. His positive clubhouse presence has really made the players respect him and refer to him as a leader of the team. That is one of the main reasons that the Mets are trying to do everything to make Bay fit in with the team.
This season will be crucial for Bay's career. Luck hasn't been on Bay's side these past few years, but it seems like that might be changing.
As many of you already know, the Mets are bringing in Citi Field's walls this offseason. The changes seem to be tailored for Bay's game. It seems as if the dimension changes will help Bay's home run numbers, and it will no doubt help him psychologically.
The table is set for Bay to have a great rebound season. Left field is his job to lose, and the Mets and their fans are hoping that Bay can revert to his old form and begin to hit with authority. If Bay can do that, then it would be a much-needed boost for this team.