Mets activate Jason Bay from the disabled list

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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.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.