Jason Bay is “pretty close” to signing with the Mariners, according to 710-ESPN radio in Seattle.
Bay was released by the Mets with $21 million remaining on his contract, agreeing to take some of that money deferred into the future, so now he’s free to sign with any team for any amount.
As a high-priced everyday player Bay was obviously a huge bust in New York, but as a cheap, platoon bat available for a one-year commitment he’d make some sense as a bounceback candidate.
Bay hit just .234 with a .687 OPS in three seasons for the Mets, but even that putrid production included a decent .756 OPS versus left-handed pitching.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: