- Angels: "They spoke with the agent for free agent Jason Bay at the winter meetings. But one source indicated afterward that Bay wasn't on their radar screen "at all" despite that conversation."
- Mariners: "Meanwhile, in the case of other players Seattle had been linked to Tuesday, the team did not appear to be seriously pursuing outfielder Jason Bay or reliever Darren Oliver..."
- Giants: "He emphasized that the Giants have no desire to overspend on any player, explaining their absence from the Matt Holliday and Jason Bay sweepstakes."
- Yankees: "The Yankees have no interest in signing Bay to a long-term contract, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday, not wanting to commit more than $60 million to another outfielder."
Of course, those statements can change in a heartbeat. Besides the Mets, the only other team that I can realistically point to as a destination for Bay is Seattle (who have actually been linked to Bay in the past few days). Not only do the Mariners need a power hitter,but Bay is from Vancouver and seems to want to play in Seattle. If the Mariners decide to actively pursue Bay, I'm fairly certain that they would be able to sign him. But do the Mariners have enough money to comfortably fork over $15-$17 million dollars annually to Bay? In addition, given their emphasis on defense, Bay does not look like a fit for the Mariners given his defensive struggles over the years in left field.
So as it stands right now, the market for Jason Bay is as follows: the Mets, a mystery team, maybe the Mariners, and a whole lot of question marks. We'll see if Bay is able to build a stronger market for his services in the coming days and hopefully create a bidding war for his services, which would help ensure a fifth year. But it looks like teams are more concerned with not overpaying for Jason Bay than they are with actually landing Jason Bay.