After a busy week that saw a blockbuster trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners and Roy Halladay to the Phillies as well as signings that sent John Lackey and Mike Cameron to Boston, the New York Mets have begun getting into the action and are reportedly close to signing former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay.
Though Boston had been the favorite to re-sign Bay until he rejected their offer and the team decided to just sign Mike Cameron. Although the Angels and Mariners remain in the race for Bay, the Mets appear to be on the verge of their first big move of the offseason.
Bay is reportedly looking for a $75 million contract and the Mets appear to be close to meeting that figure though it is uncertain if the team will sign him for four or five years.
At the same time, Bay has been holding out for so long that the team could be considering making an offer to top free agent outfield Matt Holliday who has reportedly already received an eight-year offer from the Cardinals.
Bay is coming off a year in which he batter just under .270 but hit 36 home runs and drove in 119 runs. He would be a huge get for the Mets who had no one hitting home runs last season.
The Mets also signed Japanese relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi who is expected to be the set up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, the Yankees saw World Series MVP Hideki Matsui sign a one-year deal with the Angels and the team is uncertain if fellow outfielder Johnny Damon will return next season.