Jason Bay: Future Texas Ranger?
Texas Rangers’ General Manager Jon Daniels has never been known to sit by idly when it comes to improving his team. In recent years Daniels has shown the tendency to look into players that for one reason or another fit into the mold of a “low risk high reward” type. Players that usually fall into this classification are either attempting to make a return from major injury, are at the twilight of their professional career or, in some cases, both. Teams that sign these type of players consider their investment a low risk because they sign the player to a “team friendly” contract, in hopes that the player will return to playing at a high level.
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching the Rangers have been relatively quiet in trade talks, outside of the Matt Garza deal. With the trade market looking relatively bleak, Daniels might have to find a creative solution to help bolster the Rangers’ anemic offense. One solution may have materialized on Monday.
According to ESPN New York, Jason Bay was designated for assignment for the Seattle Mariners when Michael Morse was activated from disabled list yesterday afternoon. After signing Bay in the offseason, Seattle appears to be cutting ties with the 34 year old outfielder after hitting .204 with 11 homeruns.
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— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) July 29, 2013
While Bay’s current numbers appear dreadful, don’t be surprised if the Rangers check in on the outfielder. At one time, Bay was considered among one of the top hitters in the league. In his career the three time all-star has logged over 220 homeruns and holds a career batting average of .266 with a .841 OPS. In 2009, Bay logged a career high in homeruns (36) and RBI (116). Since that time, Bay has battled various injuries and has failed to even come close to replicating the same numbers.
Daniels has been known to have an affinity for the low risk high reward players. Some examples over the past few seasons include Vladimir Guerrero, Jeff Francoeur, Roy Oswalt, and most recently Lance Berkman and Manny Ramirez. With the possible biogenesis suspension looming for Nelson Cruz and with David Murphy‘s continued struggles, don’t be surprised if you hear rumors of Daniels inquiring about Bay. He may be someone the Rangers decide to take a chance on, hoping that he may be able to bring some much needed spark back to a struggling offense.