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People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

Jay Bruce is heading back to New York after signing a free agent deal with the Mets Jay Bruce is heading back to New York after signing a free agent deal with the Mets
Betsy Taylor | 11 January, 2018, 09:28

He hit 36 homers and drove in 101 runs last season.

Jay Bruce has agreed to return to the Mets, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

Bruce's presence provides some insurance in case Conforto isn't ready at the beginning of the season. After he was dealt to the Indians in August, he hit.248 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 43 games for the Indians.

The Mets dealt Bruce to the Indians on August 9th in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

He's expected to bat in the middle of the Mets' lineup. He was acquired from Cincinnati in 2016 and played 50 games for NY that season, followed by 103 games in 2017 before coming to the Tribe.

While signing Anthony Swarzak was a big improvement, the Mets still need help in their pen.

After being sent to Cleveland, however, Bruce said he enjoyed his time in NY and was open to coming back.


"Going into spring training with the Mets, we thought we were a World Series contender".

The Mets made it clear this winter they were seeking an outfielder who could play first if needed, and Bruce started 10 games there last season for NY.

NY began the year with great expectations that were quickly derailed by long-term injuries to Syndergaard, Cespedes and others.

If the Mets are okay having Asdrubal Cabrera play third base, as I personally am, then the focus should be second base.

According to a source, the Mets are also interested in reuniting with free agent reliever Addison Reed.

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.

The Mets are more likely to address their infield needs through free agency, with Todd Frazier, Howie Kendrick, Neil Walker and Jose Reyes among the names under discussion.

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