Gammons: Sox nixed deal with Bay in July

January, 18, 2010

According to Peter Gammons, Jason Bay and the Red Sox had agreed to terms for a four-year, $60 million contract last July but the team altered the offer after an MRI raised concerns about both of Bay's knees.

Gammons, appearing on NESN on Monday, referenced Bay and the Red Sox when talking about the distrust that can exist between a player and his team's medical staff. The issue has been raised in relation to a dispute between Carlos Beltran and the Mets over the outfielder's decision to have surgery without the team's blessing.

"You had the same thing here with Jason Bay, when he agreed to the four-year, $60 million deal near the end of July and then the MRI showed some problems with both knees," Gammons said. "Ownership wanted it to be two years and he had to prove that he was healthy to be able to make it four years, and he wouldn't sign."

Bay became a free agent this offseason. After talks with the Red Sox broke off, he signed with the Mets, agreeing to a four-year, $66 million deal with a vesting option that would bring the total value to $80 million.



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