Jason Bay’s return was delayed one day by illness, but the Mets have now activated the left fielder from the disabled list after he missed the past six weeks with a fractured rib.
Bay went 2-for-9 (.222) with four strikeouts on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, but manager Terry Collins already said last week that he’ll resume playing every day once healthy. Prior to the injury Bay hit .240 with three homers and a .776 OPS in 15 games, which is similar to the .251 with a .723 OPS he posted during his first two seasons in New York.
Bay, who’s in the second season of a four-year, $66 million contract, will get $16 million this year, $16 million next year, and $17 million option or $3 million buyout for 2014.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.