December 29, 2009
After letting an offer from the Mets sit on the table for almost three weeks, the former Red Sox outfielder will reportedly accept a four-year deal worth $66 million from Mets GM Omar Minaya. The contract offer — as first broken by WFAN's Mike Francesa and confirmed by SI's Jon Heyman and NY Post's Joel Sherman — is said to include a fifth year that will "easily" vest.
Completing the deal should appease some Mets fans who've been fretting over Minaya's relative inaction this offseason. And oh how convenient is it that the news breaks just before the season-ticket renewal deadline?
The Mets apparently won't announce the deal until next week, so we'll have to wait and see what changed Bay's mind about playing for the Mets. According to a now famous tweet from Peter Gammons, the quiet Bay would "rather play in Beirut than Queens."
The real reasons, of course, will be money and the tiny market that was in pursuit of Bay's services. But all's well that ends well. Now Matt Holliday(notes) and Scott Boras finally have a baseline to pursue their new deal while we can start waiting for Mets fans to loudly ask why Minaya didn't throw a boatload of money at Holliday instead.