Jay Bruce reportedly gets 3-year, $39 million deal from Mets

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2018

Bruce was a surprising pickup by the Tribe on August 9, 2017, acquiring him from the Mets in a non-waiver trade. For the season, Bruce hit a career-high 36 homers and drove in 101 runs. With the Mets unable to strike a deal, Bruce returned to the team and enjoyed a strong season, batting.256 with 29 homers and 75 RBIs in 103 games. Since the beginning of 2017, however, Bruce had been the steady engine in the Mets lineup and it's only consistency with Cespedes missing half a season with hamstring injuries. The rightfielder played 153 games with the Mets and had a slash of.245/.313/.482 to go along with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs.

Mets fans have been clamoring for the team to spend some money to improve the club following its fourth-place finish in the NL East.

After being sent to Cleveland, however, Bruce said he enjoyed his time in NY and was open to coming back. The talent is there. We'll see what happens.

Walker left the Mets with hard feelings after a contract extension failed to materialize in spring training (he was traded to the Brewers in August), but given the surplus of veteran infielders available, he likely would be open to returning. Although the Mets have said his rehab is going well, it's questionable whether he'll be ready by Opening Day. The deal calls for Bruce to make $10 million this year and $13 million the next two seasons, not included bonuses, according to the source.

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NY began the year with great expectations that were quickly derailed by long-term injuries to Syndergaard, Cespedes and others.

While robust for relievers, the free agent market this winter has been shockingly slow for other players.

If the Mets are okay having Asdrubal Cabrera play third base, as I personally am, then the focus should be second base.

The Giants have been tied to Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen over the past several days, and general manager Bobby Evans could look to swing a trade for Pittsburgh's franchise cornerstone that would keep the Giants from taking on all $14.5 million McCutchen is owed in 2018.

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