New Arrival: Jason Bay, of, Seattle Mariners

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Jason Bay was a 22nd Round Draft pick of the Expos back in 2000. He was traded in 2002 to the Mets, and then Mets would trade him four months later to the Padres. Almost a year later he would be involved in another trade, this one sending him to the Pirates.

For a long time he was one of my favorite players in the National League.  I think it was mostly because he reminded me of Brian Giles:  a power hitting OF with lots of speed.  He was a really fun player to watch, and for a while the only things that the Pirates really had going for them.

He was one of the big Free Agents of 2009-2010.  The Mets signed him in December, 2009 to a four-year, $66 million contract.  That was a ton of money, but the Mets had come of a losing season and were trying to make a free agent splash for their second season in new Citi Field.  And Bay seemed like a good bet to help the team:  former Rookie of the Year and had a career .896 OPS and 131 OPS+.  He has two All-Star selections under his belt.

And, in Mets fashion, it was a disaster.

Bay would hit .234 during his first three years of the contract.  His power dried up, and he went from 20-25 HR a season to a high of 12.  His OPS was .687.  He was terrible.

In 2013 New York just released him, still owing 21 million on his contract.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
2003 24 TOT NL 87 4 14 3 1 19 29 .287 .421 .949 145
2003 24 SDP NL 8 1 2 0 0 1 1 .250 .400 1.150 203
2003 24 PIT NL 79 3 12 3 1 18 28 .291 .423 .929 140
2004 25 PIT NL 411 26 82 4 6 41 129 .282 .358 .907 132 RoY-1
2005 26 PIT NL 599 32 101 21 1 95 142 .306 .402 .961 150 AS,MVP-12
2006 27 PIT NL 570 35 109 11 2 102 156 .286 .396 .928 138 AS,MVP-23
2007 28 PIT NL 538 21 84 4 1 59 141 .247 .327 .746 94
2008 29 TOT MLB 577 31 101 10 0 81 137 .286 .373 .895 134
2008 29 PIT NL 393 22 64 7 0 59 86 .282 .375 .894 136
2008 29 BOS AL 184 9 37 3 0 22 51 .293 .370 .897 129
2009 30 BOS AL 531 36 119 13 3 94 162 .267 .384 .921 134 AS,MVP-7,SS
2010 31 NYM NL 348 6 47 10 0 44 91 .259 .347 .749 105
2011 32 NYM NL 444 12 57 11 1 56 109 .245 .329 .703 97
2012 33 NYM NL 194 8 20 5 1 19 58 .165 .237 .536 48
2013 34 SEA AL 206 11 20 3 1 26 62 .204 .298 .691 97
11 Yrs 4505 222 754 95 17 636 1216 .266 .360 .841 121
162 Game Avg. 571 28 96 12 2 81 154 .266 .360 .841 121
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/27/2014.
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