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Jason Bay Is No Longer a Met

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets celebrates a home run with teammates against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 22, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) Jason Bay.

Breaking news at this hour: The Mets have agreed to part ways with Jason Bay, effective immediately. Here's how the Mets themselves described the occasion:

Jason Bay and the New York Mets today announced a negotiated early expiration of his contract.

Thus ends the lousy, injury-ridden Mets stint of a guy with an otherwise solid career. Details of what it took to negotiate said "early expiration" (just a wonderful phrase) with Bay and exactly how that affects New York's financial situation remain to be seen, but the one certainty is that Bay — who had one more year and $19 million on his Mets contract — is gone-zo. Rejoice?

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Photo: Alex Trautwig/2012 Getty Images