According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets and the Marlins discussed a trade that would have sent Jason Bay to Miami for Heath Bell and John Buck before the trade deadline.
Basically it’s a swap of bad contracts and underperforming players.
Bell is 2-5 this season with a 5.66 ERA 41 1/3 innings pitched. He’s allowed 45 hits, 23 walks and struck out36 batters.
Buck is batting .168 with a .287 on-base percentage 244 at-bats with 40 walks and 74 strikeouts.
If anything this might signal that things between the Mets and Bay are finally coming to a head. Maybe the Mets will just dump him this Winter so that they avoid having to pay for his ticket to St. Lucie in the Spring.
Bay might be the best example of addition by subtraction since they dumped another overpriced and underperforming left fielder by the name of George Foster.