Reports surfaced today that the Mets are about to sign Jason Bay to a contract, and that it will be announced by the team next week, after he takes a physical.
It looked for all the world that Bay didn't want to play at Citi Field, and Peter Gammons mentioned this on WEEI recently:
Any chance Jason Bay ends up back with the Red Sox as opposed to in Queens?
I think he’d rather be playing in Beirut than Queens.
It's a move that makes sense for the Mets, as well as Bay. Sounded like no one was going to give him a five-year deal (the one with the Mets is rumored to be for four years at $66 million) he was seeking, and the Mets desperately needed a good corner outfield bat. I put no stock into those rumors about him coming back to Boston after the Sox signed Mike Cameron.
How much will Bay miss Fenway, while hitting in the airport known as Citi Field? We'll find out.