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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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Jay Bruce went 0-for-3 on Friday, leaving him with a .200 average in 35 at-bats this spring.
Michael Conforto has 220 points of OPS on Bruce this spring (.911 to .693), but it doesn't figure to make any sort of difference; Bruce will be the Mets' regular right fielder and Conforto will likely head to Triple-A, even though he's the better player. Mar 24 - 4:38 PM

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Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce told James Wagner of the New York Times that he's hoping for a 50-percent fly ball rate in 2017.

It's all about Bruce embracing his strengths. The veteran outfielder was a disappointment after coming over from the Reds last season, so he asked T. J. Barra, the Mets’ director of baseball research and development, to dig into the numbers. And the data shows that pulling the ball in the air is the optimal outcome for him. "And that’s what I do the most," said Bruce. "So why wouldn’t I work on pulling the ball in the air with efficiency?" Bruce had a 41-percent fly ball rate last season, according to FanGraphs. Despite the Mets' efforts to trade him over the winter, Bruce is expected to begin the year as the regular right fielder. Michael Conforto is likely ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mar 22 - 10:15 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce was scratched from Sunday's lineup with right hip tightness.

Bruce said he expects to be ready to play by Wednesday. He's been playing some first base this spring and thinks that might be the cause of his hip issue. Bruce has six hits -- including a home run -- in 28 at-bats during Grapefruit League play.
Mar 19 - 11:49 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce will start at first base in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game.

Lucas Duda's recent back/hip issue didn't keep him out of action for long, but the Mets are still weighing their options just in case. As of now, Bruce projects to be the regular right fielder.
Mar 14 - 8:40 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce had a two-run homer and an RBI double in leading a Mets split-squad to an 8-7 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Bruce is 5-for-12 with three walks through six appearances this spring. We're convinced Michael Conforto will be the better player this year, but that shouldn't stop Bruce from playing regularly. A trade would still be ideal for both parties here.
Mar 8 - 5:12 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce took ground balls at first base on Sunday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said prior to spring training that Bruce would likely get some work at the position, and him getting comfortable there suddenly looks more important with Lucas Duda already having more back issues. If Duda should wind up missing significant time this season, the Mets could potentially play Bruce regularly at first base against righties and install Michael Conforto in right field. Bruce has just three games of pro experience at first base.
Feb 26 - 10:03 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

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
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 MLB.com'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 MLB.com 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
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
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
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