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Jay Bruce reportedly gets 3-year, $39 million deal from Mets

11 January 2018

Jay Bruce of the Mets is congratulated after scoring against the Marlins at Marlins Park on June 29, 2017, in Miami.

The Mets will be reuniting with Bruce, 30, who started last season at Citi Field before getting traded to the Indians. It will be interesting to see if Bruce will see more playing time at first this season especially when Michael Conforto returns from injury.

The deal is pending a physical.

Bruce was obtained by the Mets from Cincinnati for a pair of prospects on August 1, 2016.

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Struggling after coming to NY at the 2016 trade deadline, Bruce not only proved that he could play in NY in 2017, but he basically carried the Mets' injury-plagued lineup.

Bruce is a.249 career hitter with 277 homers and 838 RBIs in 10 big league seasons. However, Bruce was dealt at the trade deadline to the Cleveland Indians for cash and pitching prospect Ryder Ryan. He also had a memorable Division Series against the Yankees, including a pair of home runs. Since the beginning of 2017, however, Bruce had been the steady engine in the Mets lineup and it's only consistency with Cespedes missing half a season with hamstring injuries.

The Mets had been open about their desire to bring back Bruce and he had told people within the organization that the team would be among the top four he would like to sign with this winter.

While signing Anthony Swarzak was a big improvement, the Mets still need help in their pen. He slumped badly down the stretch that year until finally going on a tear during the final week of the season to help NY secure a wild card for its second consecutive playoff appearance. "I really did. There's a great group of guys there". Although the Mets have said his rehab is going well, it's questionable whether he'll be ready by Opening Day.

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NY began the year with great expectations that were quickly derailed by long-term injuries to Syndergaard, Cespedes and others. Though Mike Moustakas' name had surfaced in chatter last week, the Mets don't view the free-agent third baseman as a realistic possibility. They've locked him up on a deal that's reportedly worth $39 million over three years.

The Giants have been tied to Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen over the past several days, and general manager Bobby Evans could look to swing a trade for Pittsburgh's franchise cornerstone that would keep the Giants from taking on all $14.5 million McCutchen is owed in 2018.

Jose Reyes is still a free agent, so that could end up being yet another reunion for the suddenly active Mets.

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Jay Bruce reportedly gets 3-year, $39 million deal from Mets