May 16, 2007

Former Met Prospect Update: Jason Bay

Patrick Andriola at Gotham Baseball, writes about Jason Bay an dhow the Mets just let him go:

When the Mets were making a late playoff run in the summer of 2002, most fans were happy with the acquisition of Steve Reed. Reed threw sidearm and baffled hitters with New York, tallying a 2.08 ERA in 26 innings. But for those 26 innings during a playoff run that never amounted to anything, the Mets gave up a minor league outfielder they thought was extra baggage. That outfielder has become All-Star slugger Jason Bay, who hit 35 homers last season.

Bay is currently with the Pirates (if you didn't know) and hitting .289, with 5 home runs and 24 runs batted in. This trade has got to be filed under the "If I knew then, what I know now" section of the Mets front office. It wasn't a bad trade at the time, but man, it almost seems like the Kazmir trade now. To only get 26 innings out of a reliever, before he left for greener pasture and give up a prospect like Bay just seems ridiculous. But what are you going to do?

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