Toronto, Canada – NEW YORK (Reuters) - The light-hitting New York Mets have tried to improve their home run power by agreeing to terms with free agent slugger Jason Bay, the team said on their website Tuesday (http://newyork.mets.mlb.com).
Bay's four-year deal is to cost the Mets at least $66 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The outfielder will sign the deal after passing a physical, the website reported.
In 151 games with the Boston Red Sox last season, Bay hit .267 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs. Over his seven major league seasons, Bay has a .280 batting average with 185 home runs and 610 RBIs.
Bay, 31, is a three-times All-Star and was the National League's Rookie of the Year when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Mets belted a major league-low 95 home runs in 2009.
(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Julian Linden)