In a turn of events, Jason Bay and the New York Mets have "negotiated" a early expiration of the outfielder's contract, according to MLB.com. Prior to this, General Manager Sandy Alderson and sources within the Mets organization stated repeatedly that Bay would be staying put, at one time stating that the team would not be eating his contract nor would Bay, along with his contract, be going anywhere. There is currently no disclosed information on the terms of the two parties' agreement.
Signing with the Mets to a four-year contract with a fifth year option on January 5, 2010, Bay hit 26 home runs and for an average of .234, over his three seasons with the team. His time was met with high expectations and unfortunate lows. Two out of the three seasons he was here, suffering severe concussions. In a statement Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said,
"Jason is a great teammate, hard worker, stand-up guy, and true gentleman…Like Jason, we had planned for the kind of production here that he enjoyed in Boston and Pittsburgh, where established himself as one of the game's top players. We wish Jason and his family success and happiness in the future."
Bay went on to echo a statement similar to Jeff Wilpon's sentiments, say that he still has plenty to give this game and has "nothing but an appreciation for the organization." Along with it's fans and his teammates.
With this move being made, not only does it give Bay a chance at a fresh start, but also it frees up the team's roster a bit.
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