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Mets rumors: 'zero' chance New York releases Jason Bay

Though he's struggled during his time with the Mets, there is 'zero' chance New York releases outfielder Jason Bay this offseason.

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Though he's struggled during his time with the New York Mets, a team source told Mike Puma of The New York Post that there is 'zero' chance the club releases outfielder Jason Bay this offseason:

As Jason Bay considers the various "scenarios" regarding his baseball future, he can eliminate the possibility the Mets will swallow the $19 million he is owed and release him this offseason.

According to a team source, there is "zero" chance the beleaguered outfielder will be released this winter or asked to compete for a job in spring training.

While the source told Puma that there are other roster issues that "have not been determined," the Mets have already decided to stick with Bay.

Since signing with the Mets prior to the 2010 season, Bay has hit .233/.317/.369 over parts of three years, including a clip of only .155/.231/.294 over 187 at-bats in 2012. The 34-year-old is owed $16 million in 2013 and his contract includes a $17 million vesting option with a $3 million buyout for 2014.