We had a bit of a false alarm with this one yesterday, but it appears as if all systems are go on a free agent deal between the Seattle Mariners and the Jason Bay, this according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
Bay, 34, is a Washington resident and attended college at nearby Gonzaga University. The details of the contract are not yet known, but it is expected to be a major league deal. Bay was receiving interest from multiple teams, with the Cleveland Indians among those showing serious consideration.
Bay was bought out of the final year of his deal with the New York Mets last month, making him a free agent. He has struggled with injury and ineffectiveness over the past three seasons in New York, but the Mariners are hoping there is a bounce-back in his future.
Bay produced a .165/.257/.299 line in 215 plate appearances with New York last season. His last big year came in 2009, his final season with the Red Sox. That year, Bay finished seventh in the MVP balloting and slugged 36 home runs and added a .921 OPS.