Mets bring back Jay Bruce

Ross Houston
January 11, 2018

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

Bruce struggled in his first taste of NY life, hitting just.218 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs as the Mets surged to a wild-card spot. But the team needs one more above average arm to really make this area one of strength.

Bruce displayed his usual lefthanded power bat before getting traded away last season.

It looks like big-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce is on his way back to Flushing. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports it is a three-year, $39 million deal.

The lack of movement on the free agent market this winter and particularly with top slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez still out there seemingly holding up other players, however, seems to have created a buyers market in January.

This much is clear: The focus will stay on the lineup, with last month's addition of free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak likely to stand as the only notable offseason pitching acquisition.

Since late last season, the Mets had signaled that their payroll would go down from their team-record $155 million on opening day of the 2017 season.

Jay Bruce deal with #Mets is backloaded. Cespedes opted out and re-signed and the Mets had shopped Bruce and his $13 million contract ever since.

The Mets dealt Bruce to the Indians on August 9th in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan. 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's presence provides some insurance in case Conforto isn't ready at the beginning of the season.

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