Is This The End Of The Line For Jason Bay?

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Tuesday, January.15/2013

Jason Bay had a 3 Slash Line with PIT of - .281/.375/.890, including winning a ROY Award in 2005, followed up by back to back ALL-Star Years in 2006 and 2007, where he hit 30+ HRs, 100+ RBI, 100+ Runs Scored and Walked 197 for those 2 years.  He may be on his last chance in the MLB with the Mariners in 2013.

Jason Bay had a 3 Slash Line with PIT of – .281/.375/.890, including winning a ROY Award in 2005, followed up by back to back ALL-Star Years in 2006 and 2007, where he hit 30+ HRs, 100+ RBI, 100+ Runs Scored and Walked 197 for those 2 years. He may be on his last chance in the MLB with the Mariners in 2013.  Bay finished his Pittsburgh days with 139 HRs, 452 RBI and 432 Runs for his 2590 AB.  Those are good numbers.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner):

Jason Bay begins 2013 with the Seattle Mariners on perhaps his last chance at the Major Leagues for his career.  It was only on 2009 where he finished an ALL-Star Season with the Boston Red Sox – taking home a Silver Slugger Award and finishing in 7th for AL MVP Voting.  That year, he hit for a 3 Slash Line of – .267/.384/.923, with 36 HRs (3rd in AL) and 119 RBI (2nd in AL).  The man also walked 94 times and scored 103 Runs.  It was a Career Year, yet he also had 3 other 30+ HRs, 100+ RBI and 100+ Run Years in 2005, 2006 and 2008.  Bay picked a perfect year to be a Free Agent after his last year with the Red Sox..  While he cashed in on a 4 YR/64 Million Dollar Contract from the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox knew of some hampering injuries that were sure to plague the Canadian ALL-Star from Trail. B.C. for the length of the deal… Boy did they turn out to be right on this prognostication!

What happened in New York City could not be classified by anything but horrendous.  It was a move to an un-hitter friendly park at Citi Field.  Bay then spent parts of 3 years injured or absolutely putting up abysmal numbers for the NL East Franchise.   Of course 2012 would be the ultimate worst as the Right Fielder hit a paltry .165 with 8 HRs and 20 RBI in 194 AB.  He had become a shadow of his former ALL-Star self and the Mets had enough of the anemic offense.  They ate all of the remaining 21 Million Dollars left on his contract for 2013 and granted Bay his walking papers.

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The Mets saw a shell of Bay's former self in his 3 years of 2010-2012.  He only hit .234 wtih26 HRs and drove in 124 RBI in 986 AB.  He battled several injuries in his Mets stint.

The Mets saw a shell of Bay’s former self in his 3 years of 2010-2012. He only hit .234 with HRs and drove in 124 RBI during 986 AB. He battled several injuries in his Mets stint.

Seattle came calling to Jason Bay by the tune of a 1 YR/ 1 Million Dollar Contract.  So  now he will try to resurrect his career with the Major League Franchise closest to his home of Trail B.C (is 412 Miles from Safeco Field.)  In my opinion, it is not a bad signing for the Mariners.  The club has a depth chart of Franklin Gutierrez (CF), fellow Canadian (OF) Michael Saunders, Eric Thames (OF), Casper Wells (CF/LF), plus a collection of Mike Carp (1B/DH/LF) Raul Ibanez and even Robert Andino can play CF in a pinch.  They also have Carlos Peguero in the Minors, however he has only hit .191 in limited At-Bats for the big club, so expect for him to stay down in AA or AAA.

Gutierrez has missed almost 200 games in the last few years, so the Mariners definitely can’t bank on him, however he is a former Gold Glove Award Winner (2010) if healthy.  Michael Saunders almost had a 20/20 year last year, with 19 HRs and 21 SB in 507 AB.  Look for him to be reel in one of the starting positions.  At this point in his career, Ibanez is better suited to be a DH/LF versus Right Handed Pitching only. Despite driving in over 1000 RBI in the last 11 years, the 3 time Mariner is now 40 Years Old and will turn 41 on June.2/2013.    He still had a 3 Slash Line of -  .248/.319/.812, with 19 HRs and 57 RBI in 312 AB during the 2012 Year for the New York Yankees.  The Mariners would gladly take those numbers from either their DH or LF considering their production of recent years. 

Casper Wells had decent power numbers with the Mariners last year, with 10 HRs and 36 RBI in 285, however he carried a .228 Batting Average that will not cut it.  Mike Carp or Justin Smoak might be traded by the club before the season starts, so I wont even go over Carp’s less than stellar numbers, however I will tell you that either one of these guys was made expendable when the M’s traded for Kendrys Morales.  With Jesus Montero also splitting Catching and Designated Hitting time with John Jaso, it seems that there will be limited At-Bats to go around. 

Jason  Bay has the ability to walk a lot of he can acquire some playing time.  Something the Mariners lack with their current roster

Jason Bay has the ability to walk a lot (about an Avg of 82 BB per 162 Games  if he can acquire  some playing time. Something the Mariners lack with their current roster.

Eric Thames may be the key to whether or not Jason Bay sees any real time in 2013.  The former Blue Jay had displayed some decent power in his early career – smacking 21 HRs in just 633 Career At-Bats, however he is not very patient at the dish, carrying a .296 OBP through his 4 years of limited action.

Technically the Depth Chart will have Gutierrez in CF, Saunders in RF and Ibanez in LF as the Opening Day Projection.  Again, you can’t count on Gutierrez to be healthy, plus Ibanez does not fare well against LHP, so Eric Thames should see some nice AB as the teams 4th OF.  That would leave both Casper Wells and Jason Bay to duke it out for the 5th OF spot on the Roster.  I would give Bay a chance to pick up some AB.  At least the guy can walk, something the Mariners routinely finish last in the American League at. 

For a 1 Million Dollar risk, Bay is worth the gamble.  None of the Outfielders are of ALL-Star caliber – and many of them possess flaws in their hitting.  Bay picked the right set of circumstances to be in. Whenever he has his chance to play, he must produce early in order to keep regular playing time.  Bay is 34 Years old, so his leadership will certainly help in the clubhouse.  He also provides nice depth in case of injury. Mariners  GM Jack Zduriencik may even end up trading Wells or Thames if the former Rookie Of the Year can regain some of his form.

People from his hometown of Trail may want to attend any game that Bay may play in during 2013, as it may be his last year in the Major Leagues!

Jason Bay has 211 Career HRs and sits 3rd on the ALL-Time HR list for Canadians behind Larry Walker (383) and Matt Stairs.(265).  He only is ahead of Justin Morneau (204) by 7 HRs.

Jason Bay has 211 Career HRs and sits 3rd on the ALL-Time HR list for Canadians behind Larry Walker (383) and Matt Stairs.(265). He only is ahead of 1B/DH Justin Morneau (204) of the Twins by 7 HRs. He may serve as a decent platoon in LF with Raul Ibanez if Gutierrez  doesn’t stay healthy.  Bay could hit off of LHP and Ibanez would face RHP.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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