Jay Bruce going back to New York Mets

  • Jay Bruce going back to New York Mets

Jay Bruce going back to New York Mets

Bruce is set to rejoin the Mets after spending parts of the past two seasons in NY prior to being traded to the Indians in August of 2017. Prior to his trade, Bruce batted.256/.321/.520 with 29 home runs and 75 RBIs in 103 games as a member of the Mets.

While we wait on the Mets to officially confirm the signing of free agent outfielder Jay Bruce, fans received confirmation on social media Thursday morning in the form of Twitter reaction from pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Josh Smoker and Chasen Bradford.

Bruce also gives the Mets another option at first base, which apparently is needed given their insecurities surrounding youngster Dominic Smith.

Bringing back Bruce though will likely result in the Mets shuffling their outfield just a bit. Santana's three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies is the largest.

Bruce, 30, will be welcomed back with open arms after emerging as one of the Mets' more reliable hitters in 2017 before carrying that momentum into a strong postseason performance with the Indians. The trade, however, was ultimately nixed by a higher up in the NY organization - likely over concerns regarding Kipnis' contract.

The Indians expected Bruce to sign elsewhere.

Terms of the agreement were first reported by ESPN. He slumped badly down the stretch that year until finally going on a tear during the final week of the season to help NY secure a wild card for its second consecutive playoff appearance.