Looks like it is a done deal folks. According to multiple reports, Jason Bay passed his physical, which was administered this morning in New York. An introductory press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow morning at Citi Field to officially welcome Bay to the Mets family.
There was some trepidation from the Mets about the condition of Bay’s knees and shoulders, concerns first voiced by his former club, the Red Sox, so his passage of the physical was no sure thing. I surmise that the only thing that would have killed this deal is if Bay wasn’t breathing. Can you imagine the PR nightmare the Mets would have faced if the this deal fell through?
Just to rehash…Bay’s deal is a guaranteed 4-year/$66 million deal with a vesting option for a fifth year that could put the total at $80 million. At this point one would think Bay will hit fifth in the Mets lineup in back of either David Wright or Carlos Beltran. Though it is doubtful tomorrow’s injection of Jason Bay into the Mets checkered storybook will be a franchise-changer, fans should celebrate the occurrence because it will no doubt make this team better.
Now it’s on to sealing the deal with Bengie Molina and getting another starting pitcher in the fold. It seems the Mets will have to chose between the like of Ben Sheets, Joel Pineiro, Erik Bedard and Jon Garland. I say, take a gamble on the oft-injured Sheets and reap the possible huge upside he brings to the table.
An interesting side note. According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post Jeff Wilpon has notified the NHL that Citi Field is “willing and able” to host the 2011 Winter Classic. Since Yankee Stadium is scheduled to host a Bowl game starting next year during the time the Winter Classic takes place, that venue is likely out of the mix. Rangers vs. Isles at Citi? Bring it on!!!