Jay Bruce agrees to deal with New York Mets

Jay Bruce agrees to deal with New York Mets

On Wednesday night Ken Rosenthal reported on twitter that the Amazins were bringing back Jay Bruce on a three-year deal for $39 million dollars. Though power spiked across the game the last 2½ seasons, the Mets still thought enough of Bruce's pedigree to guarantee him three years.

Bruce struggled in his first taste of NY life, hitting just.218 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs as the Mets surged to a wild-card spot.

Bruce's deal is the second highest for a free-agent position player this offseason - trailing only first baseman?

Bruce, who turns 31 on April 3, has slugged 30-plus home runs in five of the past seven seasons.

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In a slow-developing market around the majors this offseason, Bruce's deal would be the third-largest given to a free agent so far. Even so, it's unlikely the Mets would go beyond a three-year offer for Bruce, who reportedly has been pursued by the Giants, among others. However, Bruce was dealt at the trade deadline to the Cleveland Indians for cash and pitching prospect Ryder Ryan. Before being traded to the Mets in 2016, Bruce played almost nine seasons with the Reds.

The Indians expected Bruce to sign elsewhere. In 2017, he batted.254/.324/.508, had 29 doubles, two triples, 36 home runs, and drove in 101 runs with both teams.

When Conforto returns, Bruce could shift to first base from right field, or he could be part of an outfield rotation with Yoenis Cespedes in left, Conforto in center, and Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares rotating around. Team officials have spoken in recent days to Jay Bruce's agent, and a reunion with the veteran outfielder remains a possibility.

The biggest victor of this deal is Sandy Alderson who not only got a great player back in the organization, but was able to bring him back for a reasonable cost and more importantly a short three-year deal that will not handicap the organization in the long-term.

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