MLB Trade Deadline: Mets Close To Acquiring Jay Bruce From Reds

The Cincinnati Reds have found a match in their quest to trade right fielder Jay Bruce, according to a report. The Reds will receive two prospects in the deal, one of which is said to be outfielder Brandon Nimmo per Yahoo! He was a first-round pick of the Mets in the 2011 MLB Draft. The Reds also acquired minor league pitcher Max Wotell for the 29-year-old Bruce, who leads the National League in RBI with 80. Bruce was also selected to the All-Star game this season for the third time in his career.

Bruce will be paid roughly five million dollars for the rest of this season and has a 13 million dollar team option next season, giving any team that acquires him control through 2017. The Mets began Monday with a 54-50 record, 6 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington and 2 1/2 games back for the NL's second wild card. Meanwhile, their best offensive player, Cespedes, plus arguably their offensive player with the most upside (Conforto) and their best offensive player throughout 2015 (Granderson) all play corner-outfield spots.

The Oakland Athletics traded right fielder Josh Reddick and left-hander Rich Hill to the contending Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday for a trio of pitching prospects.

Despite my recent post about how the Mets should be sellers (I know they read it, I just know), they went ahead and bought anyway.

The Mets have been linked to Bruce for over a year, but now it appears to be closer to actually happening. Bruce will join a lineup that features previous year success story, Cespedes, and Curtis Granderson but their offense has been shaky.

As far as Bruce is concerned, he's a square peg in a round hole at the moment, much like Yoenis Cespedes was when he was acquired a year ago. Cincinnati missed out on the opportunity to get something in return for the expiring Aroldis Chapman at the deadline last year, but this summer the club managed to salvage something for Bruce, who's spent his entire nine-year career with the Reds. Now you add him on a team that made the World Series a year ago and currently in a fight for the Wild Card spot, and you will have a resurgence of optimism in Queens. It's clear the Mets are going all-in to make a deep postseason run. Expecting Bruce to play the role Cespedes did past year is asking a lot.

  • Rosalie Stanley