Jay Bruce Returns To Mets On 3-Year Deal

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

Bruce spent a little more than year with the Mets after coming over in a trade from the Reds at the trade deadline in 2016.

Conforto hit 27 home runs last season and made his first career All-Star team before suffering a dislocated shoulder in August and undergoing surgery to fix a torn posterior capsule.

Despite playing only 103 games with the Mets last season, Bruce led the team with 29 home runs.

Jay Bruce, the definition of a rent-a-player for the final 50 games of 2017 for the Indians, has re-signed with the New York Mets.

Bruce, who turns 31 on April 3, fills a hole in the outfield and brings back some much-needed power to a Mets team trying to rebound from an injury-ravaged 70-92 season. After falling out of playoff contention, NY traded him to the AL Central champions on August 9 for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

In a slow-developing market around the majors this offseason, Bruce's deal would be the third-largest given to a free agent so far. Bruce said during his time with the Indians he was open to returning to the Mets.

The move will likely result in what the Mets did previous year playing Yoenis Cespedes and Bruce in the corner outfield spots and having Conforto play center. The deal calls for Bruce to make $10 million this year and $13 million the next two seasons, not included bonuses, according to the source.

I know people don't like bringing back players from teams that failed, but Addison Reed was arguably the best Mets reliever over the past couple of seasons, so if he can be brought back, that should be a no-brainer.

After a frustrating offseason where it looked like the Mets front office wouldn't make the moves the fan base was craving, it appears that the patience of Sandy Alderson once again prevailed as the Mets get a bona-fide slugger that they know can handle the pressures of NY.

As the offseason began, Bruce was reportedly seeking a five-year contract and was linked to the Giants and Astros. For the entire season, he batted.254 with 36 home runs.

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