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Jay Bruce | Outfielder | #32

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 signed OF Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million contract.
The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized on Tuesday evening after Bruce passed his physical. He'll be introduced -- or rather reintroduced -- at a press conference Wednesday at Citi Field. The 30-year-old slugger batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland before entering a relatively unkind free agent market. He projects to hit near the heart of the Mets' batting order in 2018, with everyday starts coming between the two corner outfield spots and first base. Jan 16 - 8:45 PM

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Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Jay Bruce's contract with the Mets will have a limited no-trade clause.

Bruce will be allowed to pick five teams that he can block trades to each year of the three-year deal. That could be important for the veteran outfielder, as the reported $39 million contract is somewhat back-loaded and will certainly be more appealing to certain clubs than others. Bruce still has to pass a physical before his new agreement with the Mets will become finalized.
Jan 10 - 10:34 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Jay Bruce will sign with the Mets, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting it will be a three-year, $39 million deal.

Finalization of the contract is pending a physical. It's somewhat back-loaded, as Bruce is due to make $10 million in 2018 and $14.5 million in the 2019-2020 seasons. Bruce came over to the Mets in a deadline deal with the Reds in 2016, and then was traded from New York to Cleveland when the Mets fell out of contention last summer. The power-hitting outfielder, who turns 31 years old this April, posted a combined .832 OPS with 36 home runs and 101 RBI over 146 games between the Mets and Indians in 2017. He'll be an everyday player for the Mets again this year, with Mike Puma of the New York Post reporting that Bruce may be asked to play some first base as well as the corner outfield. He will likely hit in the middle of the Mets' batting order.
Jan 10 - 9:09 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets have "spoken in recent days with Jay Bruce's agent."

Puma says a reunion with Bruce is "still very much a possibility" for the Mets, but the 30-year-old outfielder is probably waiting for some of the dominoes to fall on the free agent position player market so that he can get a better idea of what kind of contract he might be able to command. Bruce batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland. He has also drawn reported interest this winter from the Giants, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Rockies.
Jan 10 - 2:11 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms the Mets are still talking to free agent Jay Bruce.

Puma notes, however, that they have not made Bruce an offer. There's obviously interest in a reunion, but multiple reports have indicated that the Mets are running on a tight budget this offseason, so the price tag will probably have to drop from where it is right now. At that point, the Giants might swoop in. ESPN's Buster Olney wrote Wednesday that San Francisco wants Bruce on a three-year deal. The 30-year-old outfielder batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 09:17:00 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants want Jay Bruce "but may not be willing to go beyond three years in an offer for him."

A three-year deal might be sufficient once Bruce shops around and realizes the market for high-power, low-OBP types isn't what it once was. He did tally 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between the Mets and Indians, but the 30-year-old outfielder owns a wretched .237 batting average and .303 on-base percentage in 2,400 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2014 campaign.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 12:11:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:06:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners "are among the teams eyeing" Jay Bruce.

It's been reported previously that the Mets were interested in a reunion with Bruce, and the Blue Jays have seemingly been eyeing the outfielder for a few years now. Bruce is reportedly looking for a five-year, $80-90 million contract this offseason, although he's surely going to have to come down from those demands. The 30-year-old batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI last season.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:55:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are open to the idea of bringing back Jay Bruce if it's on a three-year contract.

Puma says that Bruce wants five years, although it's hard to imagine him getting that. Newsday's Marc Carig first reported Thursday that the Mets were interested in a possible reunion with Bruce. They would seem to need a center fielder much more than a corner outfielder, but Bruce would offer protection if Michael Conforto's (shoulder) rehab doesn't go smoothly.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 09:53:00 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

The Mets and free agent Jay Bruce both have interest in a reunion, according to Newsday's Marc Carig.

This is such a bad idea. The Mets need some protection in case Michael Conforto's shoulder is still a problem or Dominic Smith proves not quite ready at first base, but Bruce is probably going to command $40 million for three years and maybe more, and there's just no way the Mets can go back to a Yoenis Cespedes-Conforto-Bruce outfield for any length of time. They should spend their limited funds elsewhere.
Source: Newsday
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 06:33:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

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.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 08:33:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

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
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 08:07:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

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).
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 11:22:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

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.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:40:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

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.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Tomas Nido
4Jose Lobaton
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Dominic Smith
3T.J. Rivera
4Phillip Evans
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Gavin Cecchini
4Ty Kelly
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Luis Guillorme
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Juan Lagares
2Brandon Nimmo
3Matt den Dekker
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Zack Wheeler
7Robert Gsellman
8Seth Lugo
9Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Hansel Robles
7Gerson Bautista
8Tyler Bashlor
9Jacob Rhame
10Jamie Callahan
11Matt Purke