Source: Bay deal could be worth $80m
Free-agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached agreement on a four-year, guaranteed $66 million contract with the New York Mets, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com Tuesday.
The agreement will become official once Bay passes a physical exam sometime next week, the source said. The deal includes a vesting option year that could increase Bay's overall payout to slightly more than $80 million over five years.
Bay, a three-time All-Star, hit .267 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox in 2009.
Last week there was talk about Bay possibly revisiting his relationship with the Red Sox, but that move was considered a long shot by many insiders. The proposal would have reportedly been in the range of the four-year, $60 million offer originally made to Bay by the team.
Stay tuned for more information on the Bay-Mets deal from ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes.