Beat writer Rob Bradford reports that Theo Epstein was concerned about red flags pointing to Jason Bay's knee. This ultimately led to Bay signing with the Mets.
Bay took a physical in July, and the Red Sox's medical staff had some red flags, namely the condition of the left fielder's knees. Bay's agent Joe Urbon had come to Boston, presumably for a press conference announcing the ne deal. Instead, general manager Theo Epstein informed him of the team's concerns, and the deal was put on hold.
The Red Sox said that they would keep Bay's AAV -- average annual value -- the same, at $15 million per year. But they wanted protection in the third and fourth year, in the event Bay's knees and shoulder acted up. The team also wanted Bay to undergo surgery at the end of the 2009 season.
and then LOLMETS
At any rate, Bay found another suitor -- the Mets -- that didn't share Boston's concerns about his long-term health. And that was where he ended up.
If Bay has knee problems at some point over the next four years, the Red Sox will be proven right to take the conservative approach they did.
Wow. I look at this, and then at the Giants current situation with F. Sanchez. I am just dumbfounded by the Giants medical staff and Brian Sabean's decision to re-sign him.
So with this are you guys glad we didn't sign Bay?