Mets' epic free agent bust Jason Bay to retire

Mets' epic free agent bust Jason Bay to retire
January 12, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Signing free agents to big contracts in baseball is always a crapshoot, no matter the team or player. Just ask the New York Mets.

Whether it's Johan Santana or Bobby Bonilla, the Mets have been burned over the years by marquee names.

Their worst free agent signing ever could be outfielder Jason Bay. Bay signed for four years in December of 2009 after a monster season with the Red Sox where he hit 36 home runs and 119 RBI. Then, in three years with the Mets before he was released, he hit a total of 26 homers, all while pocketing nearly $60 million dollars. 

And now, just a year after the Mets cut him loose, Bay is retiring from Major League Baseball. He told reporter Shi Davidi that he "can't see a scenario in which he comes back to play." 

Bay was reportedly mulling a move to Japan before this news broke, and Davidi says he is "essentially retiring." The door may still be open for him to return to the sport, it seems. Bay is still only 35 and could change his mind. For now, though, it looks like he is done.

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Bay left the Mets last season to join the Seattle Mariners where he hit .204 with 11 home runs and 20 RBI. He made $1 million from Seattle and another $18 million from the Mets because he was cut before the end of his deal. He is also set to make another $3 million from the Mets in 2014 for the same reason, despite no apparent plans to play baseball.