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Jay Bruce Returns To Mets For 3-Years/$39 Million

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It has been reported late Wednesday night that the New York Mets and Jay Bruce have agreed on a return to Queens, where the slugger had success in 2017, before being traded to the Cleveland Indians on August 9th.

The deal is for 3-years and reported to be worth $39 million, with a five-team partial no-trade clause.

Bruce arrived in Queens in 2016 when the Mets sent Top Prospect Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell to the Reds. In 50 games with the Mets down the stretch, Bruce struggled batting just .219, with eight home runs and 19 RBIs, after batting .265, with 25 home runs and 80 RBI’s the first half with the Indians.

But 2017 saw Bruce redeem himself and prove that he is still one of the best sluggers in the majors as he hit .256, with 29 home runs and 75 RBIs in 103 games with the Mets before changing teams and leagues.

The Mets have yet to confirm the deal as they are waiting for Bruce to pass his physical, but Mets fans should be happy that the team addressed a need by adding a slugger back to the lineup who they are familiar with and has had success in New York.

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David Conde
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