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Jay Bruce | Outfielder

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 227
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks between the Mets and Reds involving Jay Bruce "may have lost momentum."
It had been looking like earlier Friday that the deal was close to the finish line, but Crasnick is saying the Reds are "having second thoughts about the Mets' trade package." It's unclear at this point how likely it is that talks will pick back up. The Mets are looking at other outfielders in addition to Bruce. Jul 31 - 12:48 PM

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Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets and Reds are "pretty far along" on a trade involving Jay Bruce.

Rubin says the two clubs are reviewing medicals on all the players involved, so it sounds like something could be completed soon. Acquiring Bruce means the Mets would move Curtis Granderson to center field and Juan Lagares to the bench. Bruce is under team control through 2017.
Jul 31 - 9:48 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets "worked into the night" to acquire Jay Bruce from the Reds.

Rosenthal adds that the "expectation among many in the industry" is that they'll get a deal done. The Reds reportedly have interest in Zack Wheeler, who had been expected to go to the Brewers in the Carlos Gomez trade that fell apart. Bruce is under team control through 2017 at a relatively reasonable rate.
Jul 31 - 8:38 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mets are attempting to acquire Jay Bruce from the Reds.

The Reds reportedly have interest in Zack Wheeler, though there would likely have to be other pieces involved to make a deal work. The Mets remain in the market for an outfielder and are also believed to have varying levels of interest in Gerardo Parra, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes and Will Venable.
Jul 30 - 10:03 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce hit his 17th homer Wednesday to score the only run in the Reds' 1-0 defeat of the Cardinals.

Randal Grichuk had a play on the homer in center, but couldn't quite get there. Bruce has overcome a tough start to hit .288 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 184 at-bats since the beginning of June. He should bring back a couple of nice pieces if the Reds decide to move him.
Jul 30 - 12:15 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets "have their sights clearly on a big bat."

Heyman lists Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, Gerardo Parra and Jay Bruce as possibilities that they're considering. He adds that the Reds at one point were showing interest in Zack Wheeler (elbow) in a potential trade for Bruce. It was Heyman who reported over the weekend that the Mets were unwilling to meet the Padres' asking price for Upton, but it sounds like the two sides haven't given up on getting something done.
Jul 29 - 2:48 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce had an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Bruce was held in check by Cards starter Jaime Garcia, but he got in the action with a run-scoring single against reliever Miguel Socolovich in the ninth. Bruce finished 1-for-4 on the evening. He's somewhat quietly put together a nice stretch recently that has his line up to a respectable .257/.342/.480 with 16 homers and 55 RBI. That resurgence has his trade value up, too, as the deadline approaches.
Jul 28 - 10:52 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels are still searching for a left-handed hitting outfielder.

They picked up Shane Victorino from the Red Sox on Monday, but he's viewed as a depth guy that will start some versus lefties. Heyman lists Jay Bruce, David Murphy and Ben Revere as players that the Angels have been interested in. They've also been connected to Gerardo Parra.
Jul 27 - 9:26 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce clubbed his 16th home run of the season as the Reds lost a slugfest to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday.

He also singled and doubled in the ballgame, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and four RBI. He's drawing considerable trade interest from many clubs and there's a very strong chance that he'll be donning a new uniform before the end of the week. He has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks and is now slashing .258/.341/.484 with 16 homers and 53 RBI.
Jul 26 - 8:06 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are scouting Jay Bruce "heavily."

He's not the only player the club is considering, though, as Newsday's Marc Carig reports that they're also in on Yoenis Cespedes, provided that the Tigers become sellers. The Mets have also been connected to Justin Upton and haven't totally given up hope on Troy Tulowitzki. Bruce is under contract through the 2017 campaign.
Jul 26 - 10:54 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce is absent from the Reds' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Cubs.

Jason Bourgeois is in right field in his place. Bruce will be back out there during the nightcap.
Jul 22 - 9:55 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce's two-run home run proved to be the deciding factor as the Reds took down the Cubs on Monday.

Bruce gave the Reds a 5-4 lead when he drilled a two-run shot off of Justin Grimm in the sixth inning. He also doubled in a 2-for-4 effort. The Reds are shopping Bruce, who has turned in a productive year with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .255/.340/.481 triple-slash line.
Jul 20 - 10:54 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Angels are interested in Jay Bruce.

Morosi notes that the Angels have a scout in attendance at Great American Ball Park on Sunday. The Halos having interest in Bruce doesn't come as a surprise, as they're in the market for a left-handed hitting outfielder. It figures to take quite a bit to pry Bruce away from the Reds, as he's under contract through the 2017 campaign at a pretty reasonable rate.
Jul 19 - 2:32 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Reds have made Jay Bruce available via trade.

There have been similar rumblings from other sources over the past few weeks. Bruce has a decent .806 OPS with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 84 games this season, and he's under contract through the 2017 campaign at a fairly reasonable rate ($12 million this year, $12.5 million next year, $13 million option the year after). The 28-year-old should draw interest from a range of teams. Look for the Reds to become major sellers almost as soon as the All-Star festivities conclude at Great American Ball Park.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 13 - 12:34 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce blasted a solo home run in the second inning on Friday, accounting for the only offense in the ballgame and leading the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

Bruce also doubled and drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3. After a slow start to the season he has come on strong as of late and is now slashing .245/.337/.459 with 13 homers and 42 RBI on the year.
Jul 10 - 10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brayan Peña
2Tucker Barnhart
3Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Marlon Byrd
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Michael Lorenzen
3Raisel Iglesias
4David Holmberg
5Keyvius Sampson
6Jon Moscot
7Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Dylan Axelrod
8Pedro Villarreal
9Nate Adcock
10Sean Marshall