If you read my last post, you know the news. Jason Bay has reportedly turned down a 4-year $60 million contract from the Red Sox. At 12:01 am ET on Friday, Bay will be able to sign with any club. Any player who turns down a deal worth $15 million for 4 years, it probably means they are waiting for an offer from the Yankees. So, lets preview it.
- He is a great power hitter, hitting over 30 home runs in four of his last five seasons.
- He has driven in over 100 runs in four of his last five seasons.
- He can play left field for the Yankees everyday, allowing an older player to slip into the DH spot.
- He is relatively young at age 32.
- If the Yankees get Bay, there is a very little chance they will sign a better player in Holliday.
- He wouldn’t come cheap after turning down a $60 million deal.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat. At least. I think the Yankees need to be aggressive going after Holliday first, and if he doesn’t work out, then Bay will be a very good fall back. Bay is a great player and could make this team great, not only with his own ability, but he can get Damon or Matsui off the field and into the DH spot. But, I do think it will be a problem if he wants a long term deal. The Yankees have too many long contracts and that will eventually lead to a team of a lot of old players. Hopefully he wants to play in New York, and the Yankees can get him for cheap.