Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jay Bruce Signs With New York Mets

Jay Bruce Signs With New York Mets

A three-time All-Star, Bruce hit a combined.254 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs for the Mets and Cleveland Indians last season.

The Mets (70-92) will hope Bruce's power can help them improve upon their fourth-place NL East finish previous year, and get them back into postseason contention.

Though the Mets recently held trade talks with the Pirates that involved outfielder Andrew McCutchen, any such deal remains unlikely. And never has he posted a particularly high batting average or on-base percentage, hitting.249 and getting on at a.319 clip for his career.

After the trade, Bruce hit.248 with 7 HR and 26 RBI in 43 regular season games. Bruce also offers a possible option at first base if touted prospect Dominic Smith struggles again. To this point, New York's biggest move had been the $14 million, two-year contract it gave to free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak.

It was the first real splash made in free agency by the Amazins this winter.

The biggest victor of this deal is Sandy Alderson who not only got a great player back in the organization, but was able to bring him back for a reasonable cost and more importantly a short three-year deal that will not handicap the organization in the long-term.

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"I'm happy", Mets ace Noah Syndergaard tweeted Wednesday night, with a "wackyBruce" hashtag. Bruce previously played with the Cincinnati Reds from 2008-2016, the Mets from 2016-2017, and the Indians to close out the 2017 season.

"I enjoyed my time in NY", he said.

The Giants were reportedly interested in Bruce, but the 30-year-old outfielder wasn't necessarily a great fit for a San Francisco team looking to add power and stay under the competitive balance tax threshold next year.

NY began the year with great expectations that were quickly derailed by long-term injuries to Syndergaard, Cespedes and others. Bruce liked the direction of the team under Mickey Callaway, their new manager. He said his familiarity with the Mets and the city could make a difference in his decision. Michael Conforto (27 home runs) was the only other NY player to hit more than 20.

Terms of the agreement were first reported by ESPN.

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