Mets, Jay Bruce Agree To Three-Year, $39M Deal

12 January, 2018, 13:51 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

With the Mets unable to strike a deal, Bruce returned to the team and enjoyed a strong season, batting.256 with 29 homers and 75 RBIs in 103 games.

Bruce finished with a.248/.331/.477 slash line in 2017 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI, including 7 HR and 26 RBI in 43 games in Cleveland.

He's expected to bat in the middle of the Mets' lineup.

Bruce's deal is the second highest for a free-agent position player this offseason - trailing only first baseman Carlos Santana's three-year, guaranteed $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in December.

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Bruce also gives the Mets another option at first base, which apparently is needed given their insecurities surrounding youngster Dominic Smith. It will be interesting to see if Bruce will see more playing time at first this season especially when Michael Conforto returns from injury.

It looks like big-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce is on his way back to Flushing. Bruce's deal is for three years, $39 million, The Post's Mike Puma confirmed. The trade, however, was ultimately nixed by a higher up in the NY organization - likely over concerns regarding Kipnis' contract. Smith hit.198 with nine homers in 49 games with NY in August and September.

NY began the year with great expectations that were quickly derailed by long-term injuries to Syndergaard, Cespedes and others.

Terms of the agreement were first reported by ESPN. Per Heyman, the Mets and Indians had a deal in place that would send second baseman Jason Kipnis to NY, before the trade was ultimately nixed.

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