Jason Bay has rejected the latest contract offer from the Red Sox and is prepared to “move on,” said his agent Joe Urbon.
In a story first reported by Fox Sports, Urbon ratcheted up the rhetoric. “We don’t agree with their evaluation of the player,” Urbon said. “Frankly, we have other offers on the table that are of greater interest to Jason.”
The only other team known to make an offer to Bay are the Mets, who presented a heavily backloaded proposal of four years and $65 million.
Theo Epstein has not yet chosen to comment on the situation.
This could simply be an aggressive strategy by Urbon to try and shake some more money out of the Red Sox. In many negotiations, things are said that later prove not to be true. Then again, perhaps the Red Sox simply don’t think Bay is worth a major investment.
He is 31 and struck out 162 times last season and is, at best, a fair outfielder. There are indications that the Sox question whether Bay can stay healthy and productive over the course of a long-term contract.
If Epstein goes out and signs Matt Holliday, what happens to Bay won’t be of much concern to Red Sox fans. Good luck with the JV team in New York. But if the Red Sox pass on Bay and Holliday and try a platoon with Jeremy Hermida, the populace will not be pleased.