Mets: Top five worst contracts in New York Mets history
By Tatiana Snedeker
2. Worst Mets Contracts – Jason Bay (2009, four years, $66 million)
Jason Bay was a great young player during his time on the Pittsburgh Pirates, a Rookie of the Year, and three-time All-Star. He had it all going for him. There was little reason to doubt the Mets were about to get a star player in left field.
Although he probably wasn’t worth the contract in the first place, Bay underperformed more than anyone could have predicted. Injuries did take their toll on him. When healthy, though, he was incredibly unproductive.
In his three years with the Mets, Bay hit .234/.318/.369 with 26 home runs. For some perspective, he hit 36 in 2009 with the Boston Red Sox.
Void of power, the man lost his greatest weapon. He had perhaps his worst season as a member of the team when he hit only .165 in 215 plate appearances in 2012.
Bay was ultimately released after the 2012 season with one year left on his deal. He signed with the Seattle Mariners. It didn’t take long for them to also realize he had very little left in the tank.
The name Jason Bay remains a haunting one for Mets fans. He was one of the last high-profile players the organization signed after 2008 and yet another one to suffer injuries and overall bad years to make him a goat in Flushing instead of the GOAT.