Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Mets and outfielder Jason Bay
have agreed to part ways, making the native of Canada an unrestricted free
"Jason has a tremendous work ethic. There was never any question about it,"
said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in a statement issued on Wednesday
afternoon. "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 had been signed to a four-year contract with a vesting option for a fifth
season back in January of 2010, coming off a career year in 2009 with the
Boston Red Sox in which he hit .267 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI.
But Bay never clicked in any of his three seasons in Queens, batting .245 with
12 homers, 19 doubles and 57 RBI over 123 games in 2011, his healthiest and
most productive with New York.
Bay was limited to 70 games a year ago, hitting a paltry .165 with eight
homers and 20 RBI. He missed time from April 24 to June 7 while on the
disabled list thanks to a fractured rib.
"I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball
at a high level. But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we
would benefit from a fresh start," said Bay. "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. 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."
For his career, the 34-year-old from British Columbia is a. 269 hitter with
211 homers, 234 doubles and 734 RBI over 1,210 games in 10 seasons for the
Padres, Pirates, Red Sox and Mets.
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