Winter Meetings 2012: Seattle Mariners Close to a Deal with Jason Bay

Jason Bay Mariners

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Over the past two seasons especially, the Seattle Mariners have been looking for some offensive power. They have finished near the bottom of the league for some time now and they believe OF Jason Bay is the answer.

The Seattle Times reports that the sides are close to a deal, but nothing has been announced yet. This is not the first time the Mariners have tried to sign him. The last time, the New York Mets undercut Seattle with a four year $66 million dollar deal. At the time, the Mets overpaid for him and it showed via his output. The team let Bay out of his contract a year early and will still pay him 21 million dollars to play for a different team.

The outfielder played in just 70 games last season due to injuries, but this could be a perfect fit for the Mariners. With the fences coming in the, right handed hitter will have a chance to rejuvenate his career. He will face long odds though. Over the past decade of so, the Mariners have had a serious problem with players underachieving. Chone Figgins was the latest Mariners problem child, but there’s also Adrian Beltre, Carlos Silva, and Erik Bedard. That is just to name a few.

Bay has experienced success in his career, but he has struggled since the 2008 season.  Mariners’ fans can only hope the organization does not spend too much money only to see him fall into the black hole that is the Northwest.

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