After a delay of a few days, the Mariners finally announced their signing of left fielder Jason Bay to a one-year, $1 million contract with up to $2 million in additional incentives.
As we reported on Thursday, the deal guarantees Bay $500,000 and an additional $500,000 if he makes the team out of spring training.
“I’m glad we were able to put this together and bring Jason back to the Northwest to continue his baseball career,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said of Bay, a resident of Kirkland. “ThisIda’s a good opportunity for Jason as well as the Seattle Mariners. Jason has a history of being a productive Major League player and has participated in postseason play. We look forward to adding his experience to our young group of players.”
Bay, 34, is still owned another $21 million in guaranteed money from his four-year, $66 million deal signed with the New York Mets before the 2010 season. The Mets recently released Bay from the final year of his contract one season early, just as the Mariners did with Chone Figgins.
To make room for Bay on the roster, the Mariners designated for assignment minor league pitcher Mauricio Robles, acquired from the Tigers at the 2009 trade deadline in the Jarrod Washburn deal.
Robles, 23, saw his stint in Seattle’s minor league system mired by injury and poor performance. He went 2-5 with a 5.78 earned run average in 37 relief outings and six starts combined in Class AAA and AA last season