ADDITIONAL NOTE 12:46 p.m.: My source tells me that “nothing is finalized yet” on the Jason Bay front. He apparently has taken a physical already and the Mariners have a six-figure offer on the table, but nothing has been signed off on. So, while it still seems highly probable that Bay is joining the Mariners, nothing is done yet and it’s very unlikely anything will get announced before the team leaves Nashville.
Our annual manager’s lunch session with Eric Wedge ended just a few minutes ago and when we were leaving the ballroom, word came out via Twitter that Jason Bay has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners pending a physical.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News had the report on Twitter. I’m trying to get my own confirmation of the deal and will try to find out more of what the Mariners have planned for Bay. But we pretty much covered it in last night’s blog posts.
Wedge has his scheduled media session with reporters from around the country in about an hour, so we’ll ask him about it. Thing is, the Mariners aren’t officially confirming anything yet, so he might not be allowed to talk about it.
Bay hit .165 with a .237 OBP and a .299 slugging percentage with the New York Mets last season before being released from the final year of his $66 million contract with that club. This move appears to be strictly to add a part-time player to the left field corner and maybe for some DH duty. It does not represent one of the bigger moves the club has said it is trying to make.