November 7, 2012
Mets, Canadian slugger Jason Bay part ways
By QMI Agency
Jason Bay and the New York Mets are splitting up -- and the Canadian outfielder is getting a hefty parting gift.
Bay was granted free agency Wednesday by the Mets and will get the $21 million remaining on his contract.
"Jason has a tremendous work ethic," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the results weren't there and we are in a results-oriented business. We thank Jason for his efforts and wish him well."
Bay signed a four-year, $66-million contract in January 2010, coming off a career year with the Boston Red Sox in which he hit .267 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI.
But Bay, 34, struggled during his three seasons with the Mets. In 2012, he hit .165 with eight homers and 20 RBI in 70 games, missing a chunk of the season because of a fractured rib.
"I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level," Bay said. "I'm excited to keep playing and have no intention of just walking away."
Bay will get his $16-million salary for 2013, a $3-million buyout and the $2 million remaining on a signing bonus, the New York Post reported. The only concession the Mets gain is that some of the money will be deferred.