The Mets announced early Wednesday afternoon that they had parted ways with struggling left fielder Jason Bay, buying out his contract for 2013 and 2014. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but multiple news sources are reporting that the Mets will pay all that they owed Bay, including his $16 million salary for 2013, a $3 million buyout for 2014 and a $2 million bonus.
In three injury-filled years with the Mets, Bay played in 288 games, hitting .234 with 26 home runs and 124 RBI. He was a major disappointment after having hit .274 with 45 homers and 156 RBI in one and one half seasons with the Red Sox prior to signing with New York.
The move gives the Mets a chance to open up a spot in the outfield. Andres Torres figures to be the opening-day center fielder, but Lucas Duda recently fractured his wrist in a freak furniture-moving accident, putting his availability for opening day at risk. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who played well early in 2012, could be on internal option. Of course, the Mets could now make a trade or sign a free agent to fill the hole in left field.
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