Jay Bruce back to Mets: Teammates are happy on Twitter

Tyler Owen
January 12, 2018

NY was one of at least four teams interested in Bruce.

It looks like big-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce is on his way back to Flushing.

He's headed back to the New York Mets on a three-year free agent deal, and the Indians' lineup has lost some of the pop that propelled the team to the playoffs for the second straight year. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made.

The Indians acquired Bruce from the Mets on August 9, one day after left fielder Michael Brantley suffered a sprained left ankle, for Lake County Captains relief pitcher Ryder Ryan.

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Bruce is aware the Mets expect him to play some first base this season, with Dominic Smith still trying to prove himself as an everyday player. 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. 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. In 146 games between the two clubs, he hit.254/.324/.508 with 29 doubles, 36 home runs and 101 RBI.

Mets fans can breathe a sign of relief. However, he rebounded last season to club 29 homers in 103 games for NY.

Bruce's contract is the largest paid out to a free agent outfielder thus far this offseason, but J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain are both expected to command more significant contracts.

Terms of the agreement were first reported by ESPN.

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