Jason Bay is the type of player that when healthy can make a difference for any team he's on. However, when he battles through injuries, he eats up payroll and a roster spot without much production. See his time with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets for examples of each. Now, after being released by the Mets, Bay has signed with the Seattle Mariners.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer (via USS Mariner), the Mariners have signed Jason Bay to a one-year deal worth somewhere close to $1 million. The exact details of the contract have not yet been released. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News said the same thing earlier in the day yesterday via Twitter.
Source: mariners sign Jason bay. Deal agrees to pending physicalThe deal is expected to be announced today as long as Bay passes his physical. If healthy, Bay can add some pop to a Mariners offense that needs work. However, Bay has struggled with health through his career.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 5, 2012
With the Mets last season, Bay played in just 70 games. He hit .165/.237/.299 last season. He hasn't played a full season in three years. In short, it's been a rough stretch for Bay since leaving the Boston Red Sox. With the Red Sox, Bay was relatively healthy. The same was true when he was with the Pirates. He performed much better with both of those teams than he did with the Mets.
In his career, Bay is a .269/.363/.485 hitter. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2004, and he is a three-time All-Star. He's proven himself to be a valuable weapon on offense when healthy. However, he just can't seem to stay healthy. This is why the Mariners would not risk more than a one-year deal on him.