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Mets agree to $39M, three-year deal with free agent Jay Bruce

13 January, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Cleveland Indians Jay Bruce answers questions after Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians Thursday Oct. 5 2017 in Cleveland. The Indians won 4-0

Struggling after coming to NY at the 2016 trade deadline, Bruce not only proved that he could play in NY in 2017, but he basically carried the Mets' injury-plagued lineup. To say Bruce's impact on the lineup was significant would be a massive understatement.

While we wait on the Mets to officially confirm the signing of free agent outfielder Jay Bruce, fans received confirmation on social media Thursday morning in the form of Twitter reaction from pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Josh Smoker and Chasen Bradford.

Listen along to the podcast and leave your thoughts in the comments. The deal is pending a physical. He's averaged 32 home runs per year and has hit 69 over the last two seasons.

A career outfielder, the Mets have other plans for the power-hitter. To this point, New York's biggest move had been the $14 million, two-year contract it gave to free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak. First baseman Carlos Santana signed with Philadelphia for $60 million over three years, and closer Wade Davis got $52 million over three years from Colorado.

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

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It can be reasonably expected that if the Mets are fully healthy, their starting outfield would consist of Bruce in right field, Michael Conforto in center field, and Yoenis Cespedes in left field. Bruce's deal also includes a partial no-trade clause.

After being sent to Cleveland, however, Bruce said he enjoyed his time in NY and was open to coming back.

The 30-year-old was dealt to the Mets from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline in 2016. After he was dealt to the Indians in August, he hit.248 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 43 games for the Indians.

Terms of the agreement were first reported by ESPN.

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