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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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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. Nov 30 - 2:29 PM

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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.
Nov 29 - 5:40 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.
Nov 13 - 3:58 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.
Nov 3 - 1:02 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.
Sep 30 - 10:16 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Mets rolled over the Marlins 12-1 on Tuesday.

Bruce snapped out of a deep funk with a pinch-hit homer in Saturday's game against the Phillies, and he's now 6-for-14 with two homers, three RBI, and four runs scored in his last four games including that pinch-hit appearance. It's coming at just the right time for the Mets, too, as they angle for a Wild Card spot. They'll need Bruce, who now has 31 total homers and 94 total runs scored, firing on all cylinders if they hope to make a deep run in October.
Sep 27 - 11:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce hit a pinch-hit home run in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

The home run, a solo shot, came in the ninth inning to make it a two-run game. It was also Bruce's 30th homer of the year but just his fifth in close to two months since joining the Mets. That cold snap has relegated him to a bench role as the club angles for a postseason berth. Perhaps Saturday's sign of life will earn him some more playing time over the season's final week-plus.
Sep 25 - 1:07 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup Friday for the fifth time in the last six games.

Bruce is hitting just .174/.252/.285 since joining the Mets and the club can't afford to keep trotting him out there in hopes that he rights the ship. Michael Conforto is in right field Friday. The Mets also have Lucas Duda at first base and Kelly Johnson at second.
Sep 23 - 3:51 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is sitting again Thursday.

Bruce was also held out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday, with Curtis Granderson in right field and Alejandro De Aza in center. That's the same setup Thursday night against the Phillies. Bruce did pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, striking out in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets fell 4-3 to the Braves. He's batting .175/.253/.287 in 158 plate appearances since being acquired from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline.
Sep 22 - 3:16 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Braves.

Bruce went 0-for-3 and was taken out for a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta. He's batting just .176/.255/.289 in 157 plate appearances since the Mets acquired him from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Curtis Granderson is in right field and Alejandro De Aza is in center on Wednesday versus the Braves and right-hander Ryan Weber.
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is back in Tuesday's lineup versus the Braves.

Bruce was benched for back-to-back games in order to clear his head, but he's right back in there on Tuesday as promised. He's batting just .180/.260/.295 over 154 plate appearances since being acquired by the Mets.
Sep 20 - 3:15 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is out of the Mets' lineup Monday.

Bruce also sat out Sunday after going 0-for-5 on Saturday. He's batting just .181/.261/.297 in 38 games since the Mets acquired him from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Michael Conforto is starting in right field and hitting sixth Monday versus Braves right-hander Aaron Blair.
Sep 19 - 3:17 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Bruce is in a 1-for-14 stretch at the plate as he continues to struggle in a Mets uniform, so he's getting a day off. Curtis Granderson is in right field and Alejandro De Aza is in center Sunday.
Sep 11 - 10:35 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is absent from the Mets starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

Bruce's bat has picked up a bit in recent days, but he'll still sit against right-hander Tanner Roark in favor of Michael Conforto. Curtis Granderson will slide over to right field and bat in the cleanup spot for the Mets on Saturday.
Sep 3 - 3:12 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

Bruce has been coming around at the plate in recent days, going 7-for-21 with Thursday's homer. The dinger was his third as a member of the Mets and his first since August 6. Bruce has 28 homers and 88 RBI overall, batting .251/.306/.512 through 124 games.
Sep 1 - 10:58 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
3Ty Kelly
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Michael Conforto
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
3Wulimer 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
3Hansel Robles
4Josh Edgin
5Sean Gilmartin
6Gabriel Ynoa
7Josh Smoker
8Erik Goeddel
9Jenrry Mejia