rookies and cream wrote:Would have preferred Holliday, but Bay will do just fine. The Mets desperately needed one of them, even if they had to overpay a bit, which I expected would happen.
It not the fact that Bay "will do just fine", you have to look at this contract that gave to him as opposed to having Holliday. The Mets are committing $16.5M to have Jason Bay's 31, 32, 33, and 34 year old seasons. His main value is his offense, and that value has taken a immense hit due to poor defense in his 28, 29, and 30 year old seasons. There was barely any interest in him this off-season.
Not only are they over-paying, they are over-paying with complete knowledge that both his offense and defense will likely play worse
in their new stadium than it did with his previous team.
And now when you factor in the easy vesting 5th year, I mean just how productive is Bay's offense going to have to be, to make up for his Defense at the age of 35. Non the less a giant LF.
Is he better than Sheffield, Tatis, or Murphy? Without a doubt. But was it worth $16.5M?
This is where I start to question Omar, as Holliday could have been had for not that much more, and will be significantly younger and is a above average defender. Not a fan of this signing at all. Omar will get the praise for making a FA splash, but this contract is ugly and this isn't the type of player the Mets need to be successful in Citifield.
If Bay finishes the season at .265/25 HR/90BB/160 SO/-11 UZR/150, do you think that would merit 16.5 a year? If not Holliday, why not just save the money and land a stud pitcher next year behind Johan? Bad player for the Mets to break bank for