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When Free Agency comes, Jason Bay Should Not Leave

Culminating with the disappointment of being swept by the Angles in the ALDS, Boston's season was tumultuous to say the least. For an injury plagued team whos production was inconsistent, the Red Soxs had one player who never seemed to falter.

That player was left fielder Jason Bay. Aquired in 2008 from Pittsburgh, Bay has made fans forget Manny being Manny doning Dodger blue. Fans may gripe at his .280 career average, but this is a player who has drove in over 100 runs and blasted over 30 homeruns the past two years. Bay has quietly become one of Boston's biggest stars. He goes about baseball with a work man like attitude letting his numbers, not his words, speak for him.

Jason Bay is one of the cogs that keep the Soxs running. His contributions are less about quality and more about consitincy. Being an unrestricted free agent, Jason Bay has begun to mull over his options and promises to keep an open mind. Wisely, Theo Epstein seems to have already decided where he would like the Left Fielder to be come opening day next April. "We want the relationship to continue, so we'll see if it does" Epstein said earlier this month after the Soxs were swept in the first round by the Angels. Bay on the other hand wants to test the market, but realizes Boston has been a good fit thus far.  "If something comes along that makes sense [with the Red Sox], I'd have a tough time saying no."

Come this offseason the Soxs will have to reevaluate where they are heading as a team, but one thing is for sure, Bay should be apart of it.

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