Red Sox keeping Angels at Bay
The Angels may very well wind up signing free-agent outfielder Jason Bay. But the Boston Red Sox served notice today that they won't go down without a fight, meeting with Bay's representatives early on the second morning of the baseball winter meetings.
Bay, 31, averaged 33 homers and 110 RBIs the last two seasons. Boston has reportedly made a four-year, $60-million proposal that Bay has turned down. The Red Sox appear unwilling to offer more than four years.
Angels General Manager Tony Reagins hopes to get some face time with Joe Urbon, Bay's agent, in Indianapolis. The two sides have already had preliminary talks.
If the Angels were to land Bay, who is also drawing interest from the Mariners, it will leave them once again overcrowded in the outfield, likely forcing the team to trade either Gary Matthews Jr. or Juan Rivera.
-- Kevin Baxter in Indianapolis
Photo: Jason Bay flys out in the fifth inning against the Angels on Oct. 9. Credit: Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images.