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Jay Bruce | Outfielder | #19

Team: New York Mets
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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Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Jay Bruce will probably get some work at first base this spring.
It makes sense as the Mets try to find a way to keep their options open with Michael Conforto. Bruce is still a candidate to be traded during spring training, especially if there's a significant injury elsewhere. Lucas Duda currently projects to serve as the primary first baseman, with Wilmer Flores seeing at-bats against southpaws. Feb 14 - 12:18 PM

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Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have informed Jay Bruce that they intend to open the 2017 season with him starting in right field.

Bruce was dangled as trade bait all winter, but no team matched the Mets' asking price of a pair of prospects. This renewed commitment to Bruce will either mean a backup role for Michael Conforto or a return to Triple-A Las Vegas. He does have minor league options remaining. Bruce batted just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch with the Mets in 2016, but he still finished with an .815 overall OPS, 33 home runs, and 99 RBI in 147 total games between New York and Cincinnati. The 29-year-old is due $13 million in 2017.
Jan 24 - 6:03 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, the Mets are seeking a pair of prospects in potential trades for outfielder Jay Bruce.

The Phillies have shown interest in Bruce in the past and could use some left-handed power in the middle of their lineup, though they could just prefer to sign a cheaper option through free agency and hold on to their prospects. The trade market for Bruce has been incredibly slow to develop this winter.
Jan 15 - 7:37 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

According to's Anthony DiComo, Mets GM Sandy Alderson is "starting to say publicly" that the Mets might not trade outfielder Jay Bruce.

Alderson has been aggressively shopping the 29-year-old slugger all winter, but this market remains far too crowded for players of Bruce's type. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the Mets would have to eat a significant amount of money to find a willing trade partner, and even then they probably wouldn't get any talent in return. New York might as well go ahead and open the 2017 season with Bruce as a backup outfielder and bench bat.
Jan 12 - 1:06 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets will probably have to include cash in a potential trade involving Jay Bruce.

The Mets didn't hesitate to pick up Bruce's $13 million option for 2017, but a rival general manager told Rosenthal that the club probably should've declined it. They're desperate to trade Bruce after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes but have found the market for the outfielder to be less than desirable. Rosenthal notes that the Mets would likely receive a "minimal" return for Bruce even after including money in the deal. The Blue Jays are one team that could still have some interest.
Jan 6 - 9:28 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays remain in talks with the Mets about Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.

The Mets would prefer to trade Bruce. That might work for the Jays because they've been connected to Bruce a few times over the last year and had a deal in place for him last winter before it fell apart. Of course, Toronto also knows that the market for Bruce looks to be very limited at the moment, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they're low-balling the Mets. Bruce is owed $13 million in his final year before free agency, while Granderson is owed $15 million in his walk year.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:25:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post says there is a "limited market" at the moment for Jay Bruce.

Puma adds that the Rangers and Blue Jays -- two possible trade partners for Bruce -- have shown only "minimal interest" so far. Bruce struggled down the stretch with New York after an August 1 trade from Cincinnati, batting just .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs in 50 games. He is owed $13 million in 2017 on the final year of his current deal.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:50:00 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers met with the Mets on Wednesday.

It's well known that the Mets are trying to trade Texas native Jay Bruce, so that's presumably what was discussed. Curtis Granderson is another possibility, though they'd prefer to keep him. The Rangers could still have room for an outfielder even after re-signing Carlos Gomez, as they could put Shin-Soo Choo in the DH spot or even Bruce. The Mets would likely ask for a reliever or prospects in return. Bruce is owed $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 03:17:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that trade talks regarding Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have been "very slow moving."

Olney writes that there's still a glut of free agent outfielders, so they might have to wait for some of the dominoes to fall before they find a match. Not surprisingly, the Mets would reportedly prefer to deal Bruce rather than Granderson.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 11:13:00 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays still have some interest in Jay Bruce.

However, he adds that they're "offering little" for the Mets outfielder. The Mets are looking to trade Bruce after they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, but they've received more interest on the market in Curtis Granderson. Bruce slugged 33 home runs in 2016, but he hit just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch for the Mets and his glove has really slipped in recent years.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:02:00 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears that Jay Bruce's eight-team no-trade list hasn't changed since the summer.

Bruce has the ability to block deals to the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks. The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, so the club is now shopping both Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Bruce had a rough transition in New York and could welcome the change in scenery, perhaps even to a team on his no-trade list. He's owed a very reasonable $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 02:29:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Jay Bruce.

Bruce became somewhat expendable for the Mets on Tuesday with the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, though there's also talk of Curtis Granderson being shopped. Crasnick notes the Blue Jays tried to acquire Bruce last spring, but a three-team swap with the Reds and Angels ultimately fell through. Jim Bowden of ESPN also tied Toronto to Bruce earlier this month. There's long been interest, and Bruce's bat probably would play very well in the American League East.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 05:40:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Blue Jays have discussed a trade with the Mets involving Jay Bruce.

It's not the first time the Jays have had interest in Bruce, as they agreed to acquire him last offseason from the Reds in a three-team deal before it fell apart due to a physical issue with one of the prospects involved. Toronto is looking for a platoon partner for Melvin Upton. The odds of the Mets trading Bruce would go up exponentially if they're able to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 03:58:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mets exercised their $13 million option on OF Jay Bruce.

Bruce was a big disappointment for the Mets after being acquired from the Reds at the trade deadline, slashing just .219/.294/.391 across 187 plate appearances for New York. But a $13 million payout is probably going to prove to be small-time cash in this weak free agent market for high-impact bats. Bruce did have a decent 2016 overall, tallying 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 147 total games.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:02:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce stayed hot Friday against the Phillies by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.

Bruce had a pair of RBI singles and a solo homer. He has now gone deep in three straight games and has four homers in his last six. It has been a struggle for Bruce since he was acquired from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline, but he’s coming around at just the right time for New York.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
3Brandon Nimmo
4Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Josh Smoker
7Erik Goeddel
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Ben Rowen
11Adam Wilk
12Tom Gorzelanny
13Jenrry Mejia