New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – After three unproductive seasons marred by injuries, the New York Mets have reached an agreement with outfielder Jason Bay to terminate his contract two years early, making him an unconditional free agent.
“I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level. But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we would benefit from a fresh start,” Bay said in a team-issued statement. “I’m grateful we were able to reach an agreement to allow that to happen.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed while Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was not available for comment but issued a statement through the team.
“Jason has a tremendous work ethic. There was never any question about it. Unfortunately, the results weren’t there and we are in a results-oriented business. We thank Jason for his efforts and wish him well,” Alderson said.
The Mets, under then general manager Omar Minaya, signed Bay signed a four-year, $66 million contract in January 2010, hoping he could bring his power hitting to the Mets after delivering 30 homers for the Boston Red Sox the previous year.
However, Bay failed to deliver the goods as his stint was marred by injuries and inconsistent hitting.
In his three years as a Met, Bay hit a total of 26 home runs and drove in 124 runs. A career .269 hitter, he batted just .234 as a Met.
The 34-year-old Bay suffered a concussion running into the wall in his first season with the team and appeared in only 95 games. He also suffered a rib injury that limited him to 123 games in 2011, and a broken rib that kept him out of all but 70 games in 2012.
“I’m excited to keep playing and have no intention of just walking away,” Bay said. “I enjoyed my time in New York. I have no regrets in signing with the Mets, other than that I wasn’t able to play to the level that the team, the fans and I all expected.”