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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.