Mets' offer for Bay is heavily backloaded

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According to a team source, the Mets’ four-year, $63 million offer to Jason Bay is heavily backloaded, reports Bart Hubbach of the New York Post. The contract is worth roughly $10 million in the first season, increasing to near $20 million in the final year.



Backloaded deals are nothing new for the Mets, as Carlos Beltran signed a similar deal in January of 2005:



2005: $10 million, 2006: $12
million, 2007: $12 million, 2008: $18.5 million, 2009: $18.5 million,
2010: $18.5 million, 2011: $18.5 million




The Red Sox, who reportedly offered
a four-year, $60 million contract to Bay, have resisted adding a fifth
year, but the Mets could probably land him should they kick in another
year around $20 million.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.