According to 710 ESPN radio out of Seattle, the Mariners are close to signing free agent outfielder Jason Bay.
— 710 ESPN Seattle (@710ESPNSeattle) December 4, 2012
Bay, now 34 years of age, has been part of four different baseball clubs with his last stint being part of the New York Mets organization. He finished last season with a .167 batting average which is well off his career average of .269.
However, Bay is more known for his power than his contact. He has 211 career home runs and averages 21 a season with his most being 36 in 2009 with the Boston Red Sox.
This wouldn’t be the answer for the lack of batting in Seattle but more of a stop gap to help provide power from the outfield position. Seattle has struggled with power hitting outfielders for years. They are also known to be interested in a trade for Justin Upton, looking into signing Josh Hamilton, and other profile out-fielders.
If this deal with Bay goes through, this would be the first major signing for Seattle in the off-season with many analysts expecting many more to come. General Manager Jack Zduriencik has said on multiple occasions he is looking to make a splash this year. The Mariners started by moving their fences in to attract more high profile hitters.