|Mariners make Jason Bay signing official|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, December 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm ET
Jason Bay Profile
The Mariners made the signing of Jason Bay official today. It has been reported by Geoff Baker that the terms are a 1-year deal for a base of $1 million with another $2 million in incentives but that only half of that base is guaranteed. The other $500k only comes into play if Bay makes the club out of Spring Training, which based off of his last few seasons in New York, isn't a guarantee. Bay, of course, is already being paid the remainder of his 4-year/$66 million dollar deal from 2010 by the Mets.
The addition of Bay, a three-time All-Star had been stewing for a couple of days, first reported as a strong possibility by Mike Salk on the Brock and Salk Show on the air Tuesday morning. The Mariners needed to make a 40-man move in order to add Bay which is why the deal wasn't announced until today.
Bay, 34, is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest as he was born in British Columbia, attended North Idaho College and Gonzaga University each for two years and he, his wife and three children currently have a home in Kirkland, WA. "I am glad we were able to put this together and bring Jason back to the Northwest to continue his baseball career. This is a good opportunity for Jason as well as the Seattle Mariners," Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik said of the move.
Bay has 211 career home runs and 734 career RBI in 1,210 big league games for the Padres, Pirates, Red Sox and Mets. Bay is career .269/.363/.485 hitter, but he struggled mightily while battling injuries his last two seasons in New York, hitting just .221 in and striking out in over 23% of his plate appearances. Bay hit only .165/.237/.299 in 70 games in 2012 for the Mets and New York bought out the remainder of his contract last month.
To make room for Bay on the Mariners 40-man roster, left-handed pitching prospect Mauricio Robles, was designated for assignment. Robles was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a 2009 trade and shined early on, but injuries and problems with his command have diminished his prospect status the past two seasons following a very strong push in 2009 and 2010. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or (if he clears waivers) outright the 23-year-old Robles to the minor leagues.