On Tuesday, the New York Mets agreed to a four-year contract with free agent outfielder Jason Bay. According to reports, the deal will pay Bay roughly $66 million. The pact has drawn mixed reactions. Supporters cite Bay's righthanded power, patience and even surprising speed: he has 66 stolen bases in 80 career attempts and has posted at least two triples in every full season of his Major League career. Critics point to his miserable defense. He is about a dozen runs on the wrong side of average in a position (left field) usually populated with old, slow players anyway. They also note that Citi Field yielded the fewest home runs in baseball last season.
Bay, it might thus be reasoned, stands to lose a substantial portion of his offensive value (closely tied to his 36 home runs) i ...
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