Despite finishing at the bottom of the AL West with a 75-87 record in 2012, the Seattle Mariners showed plenty of potential at times and could be a contender in 2013 depending on what time of moves they make during the offseason. However, there was one move the Mariners should have avoided at all costs–bringing Jason Bay on board for the 2013 season.
The Mariners made the decision to sign Bay on Wednesday and the main question that comes to mind over a move like this–what on earth is this organization thinking? There was a reason why the New York Mets were willing to part ways with the outfielder despite him having $21 million remaining on his contract and bringing him on for the upcoming season will most likely turn out to be one of the biggest regrets on Seattle’s end from the offseason.
Bay appeared in just 70 games for the Mets in 2012 while batting .165 to go along with eight home runs and just eight RBIs. If the Mariners believe Bay is worth the short-term risk with the hope he returns to his old dominant self from the 2009 season when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox–they’re only setting themselves up for disappointment.
New York was extremely disappointed with the way things turned out with Bay over the last three seasons and considering how much he’s struggled to stay healthy for a full season–don’t be surprised if this move turns out to be a bust for the Mariners in 2013.
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