If Jason Bay signs with the Mets, do the Yankees care?
All indications are that the Yankees were never in on Bay to begin with. Brian Cashman has said time and again that the Yankees are not going after another “big piece” this winter, and that would seem to eliminate both Bay and Matt Holliday. What’s more, Bay signed with a National League team. Granted, it’s a National League team the Yankees play six times, but it’s certainly better than Bay signing back with a team in the American League East.
Bay’s career line against the Yankees: .392/.475/.686 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 14 games.
Getting Bay out of Boston probably makes this move a win for the Yankees. If the Yankees heard this tree falling at all, it was a good sound.
Meanwhile, Boston is said to be going after Adrian Beltre, which could be an indication that they’re willing to simply eat the $12 million owed to Mike Lowell. After Boston’s attempt to trade Lowell to Texas fell apart earlier this month, it became unlikely that the Red Sox would be able to unload that contract.
One other impact of Bay’s signing could be a domino effect on the rest of the free agent corner outfielders. With Bay and Mark DeRosa now off the market, teams might start pushing harder — the Yankees included – to fill their corner outfield needs. Apparently Scott Boras is already trying to take advantage of that situation. You have to wonder if the Cardinals might ramp up their efforts to sign Holliday now that there aren’t many Plan Bs available.