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The Canadian born baseball player Jason Bay was drafted by the Montreal Expos baseball team in 2000, and through a series of trades he signed in 2005 with the Pittsburgh Pirates for $18.5 million. In 2009, Bay signed with the New York Mets for $66 million for four years. That last little deal settles his net worth as $35,928,750.
Although he has been troubled with injuries, and his first two years with the Mets were less than outstanding, he could be the National League’s sleeper power hitter for the 2012 season. With a career batting average of .274, the right hander is considered a power hitter, which is evidence by his number of fly balls going over the home field fences. The Mets are hoping this will be his break out season.
Only batting 18 home runs in the last two seasons, the left fielder hopes to rekindle the spark from his 2004-09 seasons and get back to the fundamentals. In the six seasons with the Pirates and Red Sox from 2004-09, Bay hit between 21 and 36 homers each year and generated an astounding aggregate .519 slugging percentage.
The sports media pundits are still skeptical of Bay’s ability to recapture his hitting prowess. But the Mets organization continues to believe in his ability to regain the power that has eluded him the past couple of years. Some sports writers believe at 33 years of age Bay really has rediscovered himself and shed the struggling self-doubt that has been his shadow.
Bay’s contract and what the future could holds for the outfielder is in the balance. Bay is owed $16 million dollars in 2012 and in 2013, then a $17 million vesting option for 2014 comes into play. Clearly 2012 will be the defining year for Bay and his career with the Mets organization and his financial future.