Jay Bruce returning to Mets on 3-year, $39M contract

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

After falling out of playoff contention, NY traded him to the AL Central champions on August 9 for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

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. If Conforto is not ready for the start of the 2018 season, Juan Lagares, one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, would patrol the territory in front of the Home Run Apple at Citi Field. The deal is pending a physical.

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.

Bruce's deal is the second highest for a free-agent position player this offseason - trailing only first baseman Carlos Santana's three-year, guaranteed $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in December.

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.

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Bruce also gives the Mets another option at first base, which apparently is needed given their insecurities surrounding youngster Dominic Smith.

Jay Bruce played in 43 of the Indians' final 50 games in 2017 and the Tribe won 41 of those contests. The trade, however, was ultimately nixed by a higher up in the NY organization - likely over concerns regarding Kipnis' contract.

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. He went on to bat.248 and slam seven home runs with Cleveland down the stretch before clubbing two more home runs prior to their first-round playoff exit.

The Indians expected Bruce to sign elsewhere.

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