Jason Bay interested in remaining a Red Sox

November 05, 2008 - 5:23 am

Jason Bay's agents suggested that their client would be receptive to discussions of a long-term deal to remain in Boston beyond the 2009 season. Bay is due a salary of $7.5 million in 2009, the fourth and final year of an $18.25 million deal he inked with the Pirates prior to the 2006 season. Bay, who turned 30 in September, excelled after arriving in Boston, hitting .293 with a .370 OBP and .897 OPS while hitting nine homers and driving in 37. He also hit .341 with three homers, nine RBIs and a 1.105 OPS in his first playoff experience. "It'€™s a situation where he'€™s loving Boston. It'€™s a great club and a great organization," said Nez Balelo of Creative Artists Agency. "He'€™s a quality player, and I'€™m sure (the Red Sox) recognize that. Whatever they want to do, I'€™m sure that we'€™re all ears." According to Balelo and fellow CAA agent Joe Urbon, the Sox have not yet been in contact about a long-term deal.