Jay Bruce returns to Mets on 3-year deal

Jay Bruce returns to Mets on 3-year deal

Jay Bruce returns to Mets on 3-year deal

According to ESPN.com, Bruce and the Mets have agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million. After falling out of playoff contention, NY traded him to the AL Central champions on August 9 for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

Bruce, 30, played in 146 games last season with the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians. 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. Since the beginning of 2017, however, Bruce had been the steady engine in the Mets lineup and it's only consistency with Cespedes missing half a season with hamstring injuries. For the entire season, he batted.254 with 36 home runs.

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

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

Walker left the Mets with hard feelings after a contract extension failed to materialize in spring training (he was traded to the Brewers in August), but given the surplus of veteran infielders available, he likely would be open to returning.

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The biggest victor of this deal is Sandy Alderson who not only got a great player back in the organization, but was able to bring him back for a reasonable cost and more importantly a short three-year deal that will not handicap the organization in the long-term. "He was having a great year and he is, I feel, the next guy over there".

While robust for relievers, the free agent market this winter has been shockingly slow for other players.

Jose Reyes is still a free agent, so that could end up being yet another reunion for the suddenly active Mets. Though Mike Moustakas' name had surfaced in chatter last week, the Mets don't view the free-agent third baseman as a realistic possibility.

Anthony Rieber covers baseball, as well as the NFL, NBA and National Hockey League, for the sports department.

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