After a few days of waiting, the move is finally official. Jason Bay signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. To make room for Bay on the 40-man roster, left-hander Mauricio Robles was designated for assignment.
While the Mariners don't release any details of the contracts, sources confirmed that Bay will have $1 million salary - but that's contingent on making the 25-man roster out of spring training. If he does not, he will get $500,000. The deal also includes $1 million in incentives.
“I am glad we were able to put this together and bring Jason back to the Northwest to continue his baseball career. This is a good opportunity for Jason as well as the Seattle Mariners,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “Jason has a history of being a productive Major League player and has participated in postseason play. We look forward to adding his experience to our young group of players.
Bay, 34, is a three-time All-Star in the National League (2005, 2006 with Pittsburgh) and American League (2009 with Boston). He has combined to hit .269 with 211 home runs in 1,210 career Major League games with the Padres (2003), Pirates (2003-08), Red Sox (2008-09) and Mets (2010-12).
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Bay spent the last three seasons with the New York Mets where he combined to hit 26 home runs and record 124 RBI while being limited to 288 games due to four separate trips to the disabled list.
In 200 games in the American League with Boston in 2008-09, he combined to bat .274 (196x715) with 45 home runs and 156 RBI. Over a six-season stretch from 2004-09, Bay hit 181 home runs, 15th-most among Major Leaguers and 4th-most by an outfielder. He has also recorded four seasons during his career with 30 home runs, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored (2005-06, 2008-09).
“Jason is a gritty, talented player with a winning attitude,” said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. “We know he has a passion for the game and looking forward to having him on the field when we get things going in a few months in Peoria.”
Bay earned an AL Silver Slugger Award in 2009 after recording career-highs with 36 home runs and 119 RBI in 151 games with Boston. He is a five-time National League Player of the Week and was named the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Northwest native grew up in Trail, British Columbia, Canada (130 miles due North of Spokane, played college baseball North Idaho College (Coeur d'Alene, ID) and Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) and currently resides in Kirkland. Bay was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 22nd round of the 2000 June draft.