April 26, 2018

Jay Bruce Signs With New York Mets

13 January 2018, 01:11 | Kristopher Drake

MLB Hot Stove signings: Mets reportedly bringing back Bruce on 3-year, $39M deal

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

Before being traded to the Mets in 2016, Bruce played almost nine seasons with the Reds. To say Bruce's impact on the lineup was significant would be a massive understatement.

Jay Bruce has agreed to return to the Mets, Jerry Crasnick of reports.

Listen along to the podcast and leave your thoughts in the comments. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made. Those numbers suited Bruce well when he played at Great American Ball Park, Citi Field and Progressive Field, but there was no guarantee that his power would transfer over to AT&T Park, especially as a left-handed hitter. Bruce spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Reds. However, Bruce could be the first baseman down the stretch next season especially if highly toted prospect Dominic Smith continues to struggle at first base.

Kipnis, 30, is guaranteed $30.5 million over the course of the next two years.

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"I'm happy", Mets ace Noah Syndergaard tweeted Wednesday night, with a "wackyBruce" hashtag.

Bruce is expected to start alongside Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto. Bruce's glove in right field, long a matter of disagreement between scouts and defensive metrics, is unlikely to improve as he ages.

NY was one of at least four teams interested in Bruce. Throughout Bruce's 10 year career he has played in 1,416 games, has batted.249/.319/.472, has 272 doubles, 29 triples, 277 home runs, drove in 838 runs, and averages about 158 strikeouts per season.

The Mets signed reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14-million deal in December, but it was unclear whether they would open their wallet any more.

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