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.
|162 Game Avg.||571||28||96||12||2||81||154||.266||.360||.841||121|