Mets’ Jason Bay could move to center field in 2012, team up with Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda in OF
Imperfect circumstances call for creative solutions, and in recent weeks the Mets have kicked around many ideas for 2012. In that spirit, a well-placed front office source said it is “a possibility” that the Mets will move Jason Bay to center field next year.
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Swapping A.J. Burnett for Jason Bay makes sense for both the Yankees and the Mets
Over the last two seasons, they have been two of baseball’s biggest enigmas. They have the same annual salary ($16.5 million), and each player has two years left on his contract. And even though no team could possibly want them right now, A.J. Burnett and Jason Bay should be swapped for each other. Yes, the Mets and Yankees make crosstown trades about as often as Jorge Posada has used his catcher’s gear lately, but they should make an exception in this case.
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“You hurt for him when he doesn’t do well. It makes times like this real rich because you can rejoice with him when it does go well.”
Slumping Mets OF Jason Bay reacts to not being in the lineup tonight.
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“I’ve been tweaking for so long," he said Friday, "you almost forget what normal is."
“You’ve done so many things that you kind of forget what natural feels like,” he said. “I’m just looking for that feel. I don’t care what it looks like. I don’t care if I stand on my head. I need to do something where every time I’m not trying to fix something every pitch.”
“Speaking of exits, it may be hard to believe this, but my understanding is that Sandy Alderson, doing all due diligence to try to revive the team from Queens, has asked almost every club what they might give him for every one of his key players. You can forget the Jose Reyes talk: the Mets and the MLB caretakers working unobtrusively with them know they must re-sign Reyes. There are intriguing answers when the Mets say “Ike Davis” and, surprisingly, “Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran.” The answers offered when they say “David Wright” are stunningly low. The rap is simple: perfect public face of a franchise. Wonderful teammate. Great guy. Productive hitter and deft fielder. Durable. And not to be relied upon in the clutch. The yield for David Wright might be less than the yield for Carlos Beltran (FYI absolutely none of this comes from Sandy Alderson or anybody in the Met front office)…”
Keith Olbermann, BaseballNerd
"If Jason Bay was given a few days paternity leave, think how many Antonio Cromartie would need." - Phil Mushnick, NYPost