Bay in contact with other clubs, but still prefers Boston
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"It's the calm before the storm for Jason Bay and the Red Sox.
The 31-year-old outfielder will be one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. It's also a strong possibility he will return to Boston once he tests the market for the first time in his career.
For now, the Sox still have exclusive rights to negotiate with Bay until Nov. 20.
But Bay's agent, Joe Urbon, says that he has been in contact with other clubs about Bay, although they're not allowed to talk contracts until the 20th.
It's unlikely the Red Sox and Bay will finalize a deal before then, given the fact this is his first opportunity to test the free-agent market, and he's said in the past he's interested in learning about the entire process."