Jason Bay was still Mets property as Tuesday's non-waiver trading deadline passed, but not without the organization discussing a potential change of scenery for the underachieving left fielder.

A Mets source yesterday confirmed a report saying the team discussed a trade that would have sent Bay to the Marlins for underperforming closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck. The source did not indicate how serious the discussions became.

But talks never got the point where the Mets asked Bay, who is scheduled to make $16 million next year — his contract also has a $3 million buyout if he doesn't reach 600 plate appearances in 2013 — to waive his full no-trade clause.