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Jay Bruce | Outfielder | #32

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 227
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (12) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Reds placed OF Jay Bruce on the paternity leave list.
He'll be away from the club for a couple days to welcome a new child. Bruce, a big trade chip for the rebuilding Reds, owns a decent .820 OPS with four home runs and 15 RBI through 19 games this season. Apr 25 - 1:07 PM

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Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce had an RBI groundout, a run scored and two steals in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Bruce did all of his work in the second inning, collecting an RBI with a groundout and reaching on a fielder's choice. He then proceeded to steal second base and, one batter later, stole third base. He came around to score on a Billy Hamilton double. He went hitless in four at-bats in the game but is batting .278/.298/.519 with three homers, 13 RBI, seven runs scored and two steals in 14 games.
Apr 19 - 10:25 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Bruce hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning, his third home run of the year. He's hitting .310/.333/.595 with 12 RBI, but just five runs scored, overall. Fantasy owners can only hope Bruce's audition for other teams continues for as long as possible.
Apr 16 - 6:30 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

Bruce singled to start the ninth inning and came around to score an afterthought run in a lopsided game, but it was still a positive night for the 29-year-old. Bruce is now hitting .333/.361/.606 in the middle of the Reds' lineup and is third in the National League with 10 RBI. The Reds are surely hoping they can parlay Bruce's fast start into a trade that nets them something valuable in return.
Apr 14 - 11:55 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce hit a walk-off triple as the Reds beat the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday.

Brandon Phillips set the table for Bruce's dramatic three-bagger, singling off Arquímedes Caminero to open the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 1-1. After Caminero induced a Devin Mesoraco pop-out, Bruce stepped to the plate and slashed a pitch down the right field line to score Phillips and end the contest. The often-inconsistent slugger is off to a nice start for the 2016 campaign. In the early going, he is 9-for-23 (.391) with two homers, nine RBI, and the aforementioned triple.
Apr 10 - 4:38 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI as the Reds beat the Phillies 10-6 to complete a three-game series sweep on Thursday.

Bruce was one of the NL's worst players in the second half of last year and he had just one homer in 56 at-bats in Arizona this spring, but his upside hasn't completely vanished. The Reds would love nothing more than to see him get off to a hot start so that they can shed his salary and get back a prospect in a trade. He tied Ken Griffey Jr. for seventh place on Cincinnati's all-time home run list with his second blast Thursday. It was the 210th home run of Bruce's career.
Apr 7 - 4:07 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce hit an RBI double in the Reds' 4-2 Cactus League defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

Bruce smacked that double off Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the bottom of the first inning. He also drew a walk and stole his first base of the spring. Bruce was the subject of trade talk all winter, but it looks like he is going to open the 2016 regular season back in right field for the Reds.
Mar 15 - 6:58 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

Bruce was the subject of much trade talk over the winter, but nothing has come together as of yet. To that point, MLB Network's Jon Heyman noted on Wednesday that the White Sox (who have been linked to Bruce) and Reds "haven't had any recent talks" regarding the 29-year-old outfielder. He has battled scores of leg injures in recent years, but managed a healthy 2015 on his way to socking 26 homers and driving in 87 runs while slashing .226/.294/.434 across 580 at-bats.
Mar 9 - 8:55 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Reds and White Sox "haven't had any recent talks" involving a Jay Bruce trade.

Chicago just signed Austin Jackson to a one-year, $5 million free agent contract on Sunday and would seem to be set on outfielders heading into the 2016 season. The best course of action for the Reds at this point might be to wait until closer to the trade deadline to try to shop Bruce again. Maybe he can get off to a hot start and inject some life back into his market value. The 28-year-old right fielder batted .226/.294/.434 with 26 home runs and 87 RBI in 157 games last season for the Reds.
Mar 9 - 6:04 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports that the White Sox "may now be focused on" Carlos Gonzalez and Jay Bruce in their pursuit of left-handed power.

The report adds that CarGo's contract and the Rockies' asking price "is the holdup right now" and that Bruce "might be more practical." Levine was told by one general manager who had talks with the Rockies about Gonzalez that they asked for "my top two minor league players, a major league player and to absorb most of the contract." Bruce, meanwhile, was nearly dealt to the Blue Jays last week in a three-team trade before the deal fell apart because of a physical issue involving a prospect. He would come significantly cheaper than CarGo, but of course isn't nearly as good of a player.
Mar 4 - 1:55 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that after missing out on Dexter Fowler, the Orioles are still interested in acquiring an outfielder.

Heyman lists Jay Bruce and Austin Jackson as two possibilities for the O's. The Reds have been trying to unload Bruce as they continue their rebuilding process, and nearly dealt him to the Blue Jays in a three-team deal last week before a medical issue curtailed the agreement.
Feb 28 - 8:39 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds would like to trade Jay Bruce in the next week.

The Reds nearly completed a three-way trade with the Blue Jays and Angels this week which would have sent Bruce to Toronto, but the deal broke down for multiple reasons. There's always the chance that the deal could be revived in some form, but the rebuilding Reds will surely shop him elsewhere too. It's an awkward situation, so a quick resolution might be the best thing for everyone involved. Bruce batted .226 with 26 home runs and a .729 OPS last season and is owed $12.5 million in 2016 with a $13 million club option (or a $1 million buyout) for 2017.
Feb 24 - 10:16 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the medical concern in the proposed three-team Jay Bruce trade involved a prospect with the Blue Jays.

There was some natural speculation that the Angels raised concerns about Michael Saunders and his knee, but apparently something else raised some red flags. It's unclear whether the deal could be revived with another prospect, but it's off for the time being.
Feb 23 - 9:07 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Jay Bruce three-team trade is "dead."

The Reds were moving closer to a three-team trade with the Blue Jays and Angels which would have sent Bruce to Toronto and Michael Saunders to the Angels, but the deal hit a snag while medicals were being reviewed. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, a person familiar with the talks believes that Saunders was the cause of the concern after he missed most of last season with a knee injury. Bruce could still be traded, maybe even to the Blue Jays, but it will apparently have to go down a different way.
Feb 23 - 12:13 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

ESPN's Buster Olney hears that "there is doubt among those involved" that the Jay Bruce three-team trade will be completed.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported previously that the Reds, Blue Jays and Angels were reviewing medicals of the players involved, so it's possible a physical issue with someone popped up. It's unclear at this point whether this might just be a bump in the road or a potential roadblock to the deal that would send Bruce to Toronto, Michael Saunders to Anaheim and prospects to Cincinnati. We should have more clarity with the situation on Tuesday.
Feb 22 - 11:52 PM

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C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Kyle Skipworth
4Jordan Pacheco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Scott Schebler
2Adam Duvall
3Juan Duran
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
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S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4John Lamb
5Alfredo Simon
6Brandon Finnegan
7Michael Lorenzen
8Dan Straily
9Jon Moscot
Relief Pitcher
R1JJ Hoover
2Tony Cingrani
3Caleb Cotham
4Blake Wood
5Ross Ohlendorf
6Drew Hayes
7J.C. Ramirez
8Layne Somsen