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Jay Bruce | Outfielder | #32

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 227
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (12) / CIN
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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that teams believe Jay Bruce is looking for a five-year deal worth between $80 and $90 million this winter.
It seems like a lot, because it's a lot of money. Let's keep in mind that there are very few bats on the market this winter, and even though Bruce can't hit lefties and isn't a great defender, he still is one of the few middle-of-the-order options out there. At least against right-handed pitchers, anyway. Bruce may not get exactly what he's looking for, but in today's market and considering how few options there are, it wouldn't be a tremendous shock if he found something close to that amount. Nov 8 - 8:33 PM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says Jay Bruce is "expected to draw interest" from the Blue Jays this winter.

The Jays tried to deal for him during the season, Cafardo says, so their continued interest in him as a free agent would make sense. In an unrelated but possibly telling move, the club declined its $17 million option on right fielder Jose Bautista on Saturday. With that money and position now cleared, a match could be on the horizon.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 4 - 8:07 PM

Jay Bruce homered, doubled and knocked in three of the Indians' four runs against the Yankees on Thursday.

The double came with the bases empty, but Bruce had a sac fly to go along with his two-run homer. Bruce's homer was his third in the postseason; he had two in NLDSs with the Reds, one in 2010 and another in 2012. He's never been past the Division Series in four previous postseasons (the last two were losses in Wild Card Games).
Oct 5 - 11:22 PM

Jay Bruce went 1-for-2 with a two-run single and a walk Sunday against the White Sox.

And with that, Bruce reached 101 RBI for the year. It’s his first time reaching the 100-mark since 2013. The 30-year-old has socked a career-high 36 homers this season while batting .254/.324/.508 over 146 games. Bruce still has the postseason ahead of him, but he’s going to be a fascinating free agent case.
Oct 1 - 6:40 PM

Jay Bruce blasted a two-run homer on Friday, helping to propel the Indians to victory over the visiting White Sox.

His two-run shot contributed to a six-run uprising in the second inning off of Mike Pelfrey. Bruce finished the evening 1-for-3 and also drew a pair of walks. He's hitting .255/.323/.511 with 36 long balls and 99 RBI between the Mets and Indians this year.
Sep 29 - 10:32 PM

Jay Bruce hit his career-high 35th homer Thursday against the Twins.

It was a solo shot off Nik Turley in the eighth. Bruce has five 30-homer seasons under his belt, but 35 is a new peak for him, topping his total of 34 from 2012. He's three RBI away from reaching the century mark for the second time.
Sep 28 - 3:11 PM

Jay Bruce (heel) went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in his return to action Sunday against the Mariners.

Bruce was removed from Saturday's game for precautionary reasons due to discomfort in his left heel, but fortunately it doesn't appear to be serious. The 30-year-old is batting .248/.324/.465 with five homers and 20 RBI over 37 games with the Indians.
Sep 25 - 9:01 AM

Jay Bruce left Saturday's game against the Mariners after experiencing discomfort in his left heel.

Bruce was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before getting replaced in the outfield by Greg Allen. His early exit is being called "precautionary," so it's apparently nothing too serious.
Sep 23 - 6:17 PM

Jay Bruce finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 6-3 victory on the road against the Angels.

Bruce was the team's biggest offensive addition before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, and he has fit in rather nicely in Cleveland. The veteran is 29-for-111 (.261) with eight doubles, two triples and five home runs with 20 RBI in 32 games with the club. He is hitting well since coming over to the Tribe, trying to shed his label as a first-half hitter.
Sep 20 - 2:58 AM

Jay Bruce hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 win over the Royals on Thursday, their 22nd-straight win.

Just when it appeared the Tribe might be vulnerable, trailing by a run with two outs in the ninth inning, they managed to find a way to force extras and won it when Bruce pulled an offering into the right field corner, scoring Jose Ramirez from second base. He's certainly not the reason they've gone on this incredible tear, but Bruce has definitely been a part of it. The 30-year-old owns 34 homers, 94 RBI and 77 runs scored with a .255/.326/.513 line between the Mets and Indians this season.
Sep 14 - 10:45 PM

Jay Bruce slugged a three-run homer as the Indians won their 21st straight game by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the red-hot Tribe quickly answered in the bottom of the first on a Francisco Lindor double, a Jose Ramirez walk, and Bruce's three-run blast that landed just above the tall left-center field wall at Progressive Field. Bruce has actually been relatively quiet during this AL-record winning streak, but he's up to five home runs and 18 RBI in 27 total games played since the August 9 trade that sent him from Queens to Cleveland.
Sep 13 - 3:15 PM

Jay Bruce (neck) went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his return to the Indians lineup on Friday.

Bruce had missed six consecutive games with the neck ailment, though the Tribe's offense continued to power on without him. The 30-year-old slugger is hitting .278/.354/.542 with four homers and 14 RBI in 21 games with the Indians.
Sep 9 - 8:20 AM

The Indians are hopeful that Jay Bruce (neck) can return to the lineup this weekend.

Bruce took batting practice for the second straight day Thursday but missed his sixth consecutive game due to stiffness on the right side of his neck. He visited a chiropractor on Thursday and feels better. "I think he got me where I needed to be," said Bruce. "So we're going to keep at it. And go from there." Bruce has batted .278/.354/.542 with four homers over 21 games since joining the Indians.
Sep 8 - 11:41 AM

Jay Bruce (neck) remained out of the Indians' lineup Thursday.

Bruce was originally back in the lineup on Wednesday, but he was a late scratch for that game and is sitting out again Thursday. It's the sixth straight contest that he's missed with a stiff neck. The Indians have downplayed the injury, but it's worth noting that he missed a couple games last month when he was with the Mets with the same ailment. Brandon Guyer is in right field Thursday.
Sep 7 - 7:37 PM

Jay Bruce had an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Royals.

Bruce continues to find ways to contribute with his new club, extending his hitting streak to nine games with his run-scoring double in the fifth inning. He's now batting .389 since joining the Indians on Aug. 9. On the year, the 30-year-old is hitting .267/.333/.541 with 32 homers, 87 RBI and 71 runs scored.
Aug 19 - 11:46 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Eric Haase
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Willi Castro
3Yu-Cheng Chang
4Eric Stamets
5Drew Maggi
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Greg Allen
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Yandy Diaz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Josh Tomlin
5Mike Clevinger
6Danny Salazar
7Cody Anderson
8Ryan Merritt
9Julian Merryweather
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Joe Smith
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Nick Goody
7Tyler Olson
8Craig Breslow
9Shawn Morimando
10Shawn Armstrong
11Jeff Beliveau
12Leonel Campos