Jason Bay was glad to show his face again. And he was glad to do it in a place he wanted to be.
The Mets officially introduced the slugging left fielder yesterday at Citi Field. He signed a four-year deal worth $66 million last week with a fifth-year option for $80 million.
“It’s a big deal. It’s a big day for me,” said Bay, flanked by general manager Omar Minaya. “I told my agent [to] look around at some of the voids teams had and what I could provide. There was a short list of teams I wanted to go to and the New York Mets were on that list.”
Bay was on their short list, too, along with Matt Holliday, who re-signed with St. Louis yesterday.
There had been a great deal of speculation whether Bay wanted to ply his trade in Flushing, but he erased those questions yesterday.
“I cut off all contact until this was done,” he said. “I wouldn’t have signed if I wasn’t happy.”