The Bruce is loose again. RF Jay Bruce is set to make a reunion with the Mets in the 2018 season by signing with the Amazins for a 3-year/$39 million deal, first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Bruce was traded from the Reds on trade deadline day in 2016 and performed dismally in his first couple of months with the Mets, batting for an anemic slash line of .219/.294/.391, along with a putrid 84 OPS+ in 50 games. Bruce regained success at the plate in 2017, hitting for an average of .256, along with drilling 29 home runs and driving in 75 runs in 448 plate appearances before getting traded to the Indians in August for relief prospect Ryder Ryan.
The 30-year old lefty will return his formidable power to a Mets lineup in dire need of a reliable 3-4-5 hitter, especially since the Mets expect Michael Conforto to not return until May, at the latest. Bruce will also provide the luxury of his ability to play at first, as Bruce has started 10 games and played 91 innings at first base in 2017, which will provide the Mets with a backup plan to slot Bruce as the everyday first baseman in case Dominic Smith is not ready for the major leagues.
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