Free agent Bay talks about uncertain future

October, 11, 2009

BOSTON -- Could Sunday's game have been the last time Jason Bay puts on a Boston Red Sox uniform?

After roughly a season and a half in Boston, Bay wades into the free agent waters this winter and admits he's uneasy about the process. Asked about his mindset after Sunday's game, he initially kept the mood light.

"That's kind of the tough part for me," said Bay. "I don't know what's going on. Who are you guys going to get quotes from after the game if I don't come back?"

Turning more serious, he said he greatly enjoyed playing in Boston and appreciated the support of the passionate Red Sox fans.

"It's really weird for me, the postseason, the regular season, you know where you're going to be," said Bay. "This is uncharted for me. I'm a little uneasy. I don't know if this is the last time I'll be in [the Red Sox locker room] or not.

"I've pretty much loved every minute of it. I've been here roughly a year and a half and it's the quickest year and a half I've ever had in the big leagues, which is a good thing. Winning ballgames and the time flies, as they say. The whole [experience], the fans & has been very, very positive. There really hasn't been a lot of negatives that I can draw from being here, which, again, makes it tough not knowing my situation and if I have a chance to be back or not."

For the 2009 season, Bay hit .267 with 36 homers and 119 RBIs. After a blistering May (.264, 10 HRs, 30 RBIs), he cooled off and labored through a quiet July (.192, 1 HR, 5 RBIs). Bay got hot again late in the year and, despite a quiet postseason (1 for 8, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts) is sure to draw plenty of attention on the free-agent market after making an affordable $7.8 million in 2009.

Asked if the Red Sox were at the top of his list of potential teams, Bay indicated they were certainly among the top choices.

"I haven't gotten too far down the process, but there isn't a ton of other places -- I can't say this is the only place, this is one of them, which makes it tough to think this might have been it."



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