Mets Bringing Outfielder Jay Bruce Back With 3-Year, $39 Million Deal

Mets Bringing Outfielder Jay Bruce Back With 3-Year, $39 Million Deal

Mets Bringing Outfielder Jay Bruce Back With 3-Year, $39 Million Deal

Bruce is set to rejoin the Mets after spending parts of the past two seasons in NY prior to being traded to the Indians in August of 2017. He was hitting.254 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI before being traded to the Indians.

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

The Mets have made a free-agent splash with a familiar face.

In a slow-developing market around the majors this off-season, Bruce's deal would be the third-largest given to a free agent so far. It will be interesting to see if Bruce will see more playing time at first this season especially when Michael Conforto returns from injury.

With slugger Yoenis Cespedes coming off a hamstring injury in left, the Mets plan to have their top three outfielders from previous year back intact. First baseman Carlos Santana signed with Philadelphia for $60 million over three years, and closer Wade Davis got $52 million over three years from Colorado. The returning Bruce played 11 games at first base last season and could cycle in at the position should Smith struggle or if the Mets want to feature Juan Lagares more.

Mets fans can breathe a sign of relief.

The 30-year-old was dealt to the Mets from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline in 2016. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN was the first to report the news. NY picked up Bruce's $13 million option last offseason but immediately began to shop him around.

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