The Seattle Mariners and free-agent outfielder Jason Bay have agreed to a one-year deal worth more than $1 million, according to sources.
Bay and the New York Mets ended their unproductive relationship after three disappointing seasons when they agreed on Nov. 7 to terminate the outfielder’s contract with one guaranteed season remaining.
After signing a $66 million, four-year deal wiht the Mets before the 2010 season, the three-time All-Star hit .234 in three injury-plagued seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBI, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBI in 2012. Sidelined by concussions and rib injuries, he played just 288 games for the Mets.
Bay was owed $16 million for 2013 and a $3 million buyout of a 2014 option, plus the final $2 million installment of his $8.5 million signing bonus was payable by next June. The agreement allows the Mets to spread out the payments.
An All-Star in 2005, 2006 and 2009, Bay signed with the Mets after hitting .267 in his final season for Boston with career bests of 36 homers and 119 RBI.
Bay missed the final two months of the 2010 season because of a concussion sustained while slamming into the left-field fence to make a catch at Dodger Stadium. He was out for the first three weeks of 2011 with a strained ribcage. In 2012, he was on the disabled list from late April until early June because of a broken rib, then missed another month with a concussion when he crashed into the wall at Citi Field while trying to catch an inside-the-park homer by Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce.
New York negotiated a long-term deal with third baseman David Wright and is still in negotiations with Cy Young Award-winning knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)