Got a chance to listen to WFAN yesterday evening for the first time in awhile, apparently after Mike Francesa's big update. Yet, all I heard was him splashing water on Jet fans' excitement. I guess that's for the best, because I probably couldn't listen to callers' evaluations of Jason Bay for three hours.
Meet the Mets
So, Jason Bay is apparently a Met. Let's get some quick reactions:
- Jack Moore considers this to be one of the more significant overpays of the offseason (although, the Cardinals are apparently about to offer Matt Holliday an 8 year contract, so there's plenty of time to compete for this honor.)
- Bob Klapisch says that the Mets would've been better off saving their money and going for a starter or one of next year's free agents.
- Kevin Kernan talked to three scouts, one of whom said that Bay is better than Holliday defensively, so take all this with a grain of salt.
- Toby Hyde compares Bay's and Holliday's UZR and WAR numbers. He also asks the burning question of how did Francesa pull this off?
- Rob Neyer thinks pride has something to do with Bay's decision.
- BlueandOrange is quite happy to be getting the AL's sixth best hitter.
- Beerleaguer and their commenters are still quite sure that the Mets won't be healthy.
- Ed Leyro compares Jason Bay to Kevin McReynolds, in a good way.
- John Harper says that the move is fine, but where is the pitching?
There was also some non-Jason Bay news as well.
There are some reports that the Mets have also signed Bengie Molina. We don't have Francesa's confirmation on this, but Fire Jerry Manuel still can give us the perfect reaction for when the inevitable finally does happen.
What is one way to stop the Yankees and Mets from dominating the MLB salary system? Bring a third team to New York.
Around the NL East
Frank Wren is taking a lot of risks lately.
The Nationals have poached Eric Bruntlett from the Phillies.