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.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.