The New York Mets and outfielder, Jason Bay agreed to “part ways” today, finishing a three year run together. Bay signed a four year, 66 million dollar contract prior to the 2010 regular season, but he battled concussions and never really performed during his tenure with New York.
“Jason is a great teammate, hard worker, stand-up guy, and true gentleman,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “Like Jason, we had planned for the kind of production here that he enjoyed in Boston and Pittsburgh, where he established himself as one of the game’s top players. We wish Jason and his family success and happiness in the future.”
With the buyout, Bay will become a free agent once again, but he won’t be a player teams call first this off-season. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Bay will receive 13 million dollars this season, followed by a three million dollar salary in 2014 with a two million dollar buyout.
“I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level,” Bay said in a statement. “But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we would benefit from a fresh start. I’m grateful we were able to reach an agreement to allow that to happen. I’m excited to keep playing and have no intention of just walking away.
“I enjoyed my time in New York”, Bay said in a statement. “I have no regrets in signing with the Mets, other than that I wasn’t able to play to the level that the team, the fans and I all expected and that we weren’t able to win more games. I move on with nothing but an appreciation for the organization and its fans and best wishes to all my teammates there.”