There is a growing segment of the Mets fan base that have quite the thick craniums, they have a problem of figuring out fact from fiction and if they are not directly told the facts about something they have a tough time comprehending events that go on in the Mets front office.
Terry Collins is Jason Bay’s Kevlar vest; question after question to Collins at his press conferences deal with answering questions about Bay and the bullpen but now Bay is the beat the dead horse subject of the week. Collins has tried and tried to resuscitate Bay’s offensive game even though it flat lined a long time ago. From where I sit, I can see the baseball ops folks telling Collins it’s time to cut bait on Bay but Collins asked for more time with the front office saying Bay has the end of the road trip to show a pulse or he’s done.
Back from a 6-5 trip Collins was met at the door by Sandy Alderson with his hand up saying here is how we will deal with Jason Bay, he will now play against left handed pitching only. No discussion. Now fast forward to the afternoon and the quote by Alderson pertaining to Bay:
“Certainly, there are times when it is appropriate to eat a contract; there are other times when it is not. Jason Bay is not going anywhere, nor is his contract.”
Does that mean you will see Jason Bay in LF for the Mets in 2013? Of course not. As Alderson stated there are times to eat a contract when it’s appropriate, on August 8th it’s not the time to chow down on dead presidents. Why would you? The plan going forward is to platoon Bay with Jordany Valdespin in left and I’d guess Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston will spilt the time on right, which is the best game plan available right now.
If you are a Mets fan who wants Jason Bay out of town, you had better root hard that he shows some ability to produce some offense against left handed pitching so it makes him a more attractive trade chip.
So today Alderson explains that Bay is still a Met and will be a Met for the rest of the season, he will try hard to deal Bay to save some Skill Sets cash but please don’t tell me you are that naive to think that plan C, buying out Bay’s contract has not been discussed. You don’t believe the GM should tell you today “yeah Bay looks done as Sunday dinner and no one is ringing my phone to obtain him. Can you blame them? Yup we are up the creek without a paddle”
Do not be shocked and dismayed if Bay reports to St. Lonesome in February if he’s not dealt its part of the plan but I would bet Jason Bay won’t be on the opening day roster in 2013.