The Hot Stove season is in full swing, and the New York Mets have been pretty quiet thus far. While a lot of teams have made big splashes (see the signing of Josh Hamilton by the Los Angeles Angels today), the Mets have been locked into discussions with R.A. Dickey about whether they should sign or trade him. While those negotiations have been taking place three former Mets, headlined by Jason Bay, have all moved on to greener pastures. Here is where they will each play in 2013:
Jason Bay: Jason Bay, who was released by the Mets in November, has signed a one year deal worth one million dollars with the Seattle Mariners, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports. Bay is only guaranteed 500,000 dollars in the deal, with the other half of the contract coming as a bonus should Bay make the big league roster. Bay, 34, is a British Columbia native who went to college at Gonzaga. The move makes sense as it brings him closer to home and allows Bay to have an opportunity for a fresh start on a team with low expectations of him.
Andres Torres: After being non-tendered last month, Andres Torres decided to return to the Bay Area. Torres has signed a one year deal worth two million dollars to return to the San Francisco Giants, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Torres, who hit .230 with three homers and 35 RBI's in 2012, was acquired by the Mets last winter (along with fellow free agent Ramon Ramirez) in exchange for Angel Pagan. Torres was never really a good fit in New York and will now back up Pagan in San Francisco, who just re-signed with the Giants for four years and 40 million dollars.
Manny Acosta: Inconsistent reliever Manny Acosta, who was non-tendered by the Mets, has decided to play in the Japanese leagues next season. Acosta signed a one year deal worth 1.65 million dollars to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants, according to his agent's Twitter account. Acosta's chances of returning to Queens were pretty low after he bombed out in the first half, but he was surprisingly effective in the season's second half. The deal represents a raise over what Acosta likely would have garnered in the MLB free agent pool, so it isn't surprising that he pulled the trigger.
With the signings of the three former Mets, the team's remaining free agents include: Scott Hairston, Kelly Shoppach, Ronny Cedeno, Mike Pelfrey, Chris Young, Ramon Ramirez, and Jon Rauch. Of this group, it appears that the only ones who could return are Hairston (who is now seeking a multi-year deal) and Young, who could provide veteran insurance for the starting rotation.
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