Source: Mets are in on Bay

December, 10, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Mets have emerged as another bidder on free-agent left-fielder Jason Bay, according to a source with direct knowledge of the Bay negotiations.

The Mets had been focused on pitching, but with the Los Angeles Angels indicating they had "more pressing needs" than pursuing a left fielder, GM Omar Minaya has moved aggressively toward adding Bay.

So far, the only known offer made to Bay was the four-year, $60 million proposal he turned down from the Red Sox in midseason. Boston would like to re-sign Bay, but are also weighing Matt Holliday as an alternative.

The Red Sox may also need a third baseman if the reported Mike Lowell deal goes through, but one industry source cautioned that the process is ongoing and is not a "slam dunk". The expectation is that it will ultimately get done, and the Red Sox are talking with agent Scott Boras about free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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