ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney tweeted on Tuesday that the Red Sox are kicking the tires on outfielder Jason Bay, who was bought out by the Mets:
The Red Sox are among the teams in contact with Jason Bay, as he considers his options for 2013. Looking for opportunity, familiarity.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 13, 2012
Bay spent a season and a half in Boston, coming as part of the deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers at the 2008 trade deadline. While with the Red Sox, Bay had 9 homers and 37 RBIs in 49 games in 2008 and followed that with a stellar 2009 season: a .267 average, 36 homers, 119 RBIs and a .921 OPS.
Bay signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets in January 2010, but Bay's time as a Met was marred by injuries and a mystifying inability to hit for power after four seasons of having hit at least 30 home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Red Sox.
In his three years as a Met, Bay hit a total of 26 home runs and drove in 124 runs. A career .269 hitter, he batted just .234 as a Met.
Bay suffered a concussion running into the wall in his first season with the team and appeared in only 95 games. He also suffered a rib injury that limited him to 123 games in 2011, and a broken rib that kept him out of all but 70 games in 2012.
Clearly, Bay is not the player he was with the Red Sox. Nevertheless, the Sox have a couple of holes in the outfield and could be inclined to take a flier on someone like Bay.