Bruce Agrees With Mets

I am pleasantly surprised, no, make that floored the Mets finally signed a free agent, and glad it was outfielder Jay Bruce. Primarily, because I didn’t want to see him traded in the first place.

Multiple media outlets reported Bruce agreed to terms on a three-year, $39-million contract. The deal is pending a physical and it is not immediately known if it contains a no-trade clause. Presumably, it does considering the Mets had previously dealt last year for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

The Mets acquired Bruce, now 30, from Cincinnati in 2016. He struggled with the Mets initially but found his stroke in late September. I never bought into the nonsense that he was overwhelmed by New York, and proved that with 29 homers with the Mets before GM Sandy Alderson’s fire sale last season.

Bruce finished 2017 with a career-high 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146. He also hit two homers with four RBI in the AL Division Series.

I’ve always liked Bruce, but don’t think he’ll make the Mets appreciably better unless they are willing to make additional moves. Bruce is scheduled to make $13 million this year, which is only slightly more than the $10 million they were reportedly believed to have budgeted for 2018.

Initial speculation had Bruce seeking $80 million over four years, but there was little interest outside of the Mets, who as of last week hadn’t made an offer. Outside of familiarity, also tipping the needle in favor of the Mets is willingness to play first base in case things don’t pan out with Dominic Smith.

With Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto recovering from injuries, the outfield is considered to be a need.

3 thoughts on “Bruce Agrees With Mets

  1. Jay is a good signing
    He proved he can be productive here and while his defense isn’t great it’s not awful. He always hustles and is a professional that can help show the young guys how it’s done.

    Hopefully the down market can bring more quality veterans to queens so we can field a legit team

    A third baseman and catcher come to mind as well as a starting pitcher and a center fielder while we are at it

  2. I think that was a great move by Sandy to sign Bruce. He’s a plus in the dugout/clubhouse, 36 HR, 100+ rbis and we’re not overpaying. The outfield seems set. Another infielder would be a plus, as well as a catcher, but they’re too scarce to expect anything to happen.

    It’s really a matter of staying healthy now.

  3. Great move by Sandy. Bruce is solid in the dugout/clubhouse, 30+ HRs and 100 RBIs each year and good enough in the field. What’s wrong with that for 3 yrs. @ $13 M.

    The outfield seems set. Now we need another infielder. A catcher would be a bonus but not likely, they’re too scarce.