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Mets acquire NL RBIs leader Jay Bruce from Reds

Jan Ortega | 07 August, 2016, 00:56

The following, though, are what sources say could be the most likely destinations for Jay Bruce.

The Mets have scored the third-fewest runs in the National League this year, hitting.237/.308/.405 as a team. Mets fans could dream. Last season, they received Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit and this season they received Jay Bruce from Cincinnati. More important, it would be a commitment to a triumvirate of redundancies in the outfield: Bruce, Granderson and Michael Conforto are all left-handed hitters best suited in a corner outfield slot. Of course, they were also just a game out of first place at that time, but the argument is still valid.

They know that. They admit that. They have lots of pitching potential already in the minors and very little to get excited about as far as offense.

It's about more than that, of course.

There are broader long-term questions, too, for a Mets team that has just a 27.9% chance of making the playoffs this year, according to FanGraphs. He's started all but one game in right field; he played center field in that lone start. "They talked about us losing 100 games at the beginning of the year, and s--, we're damn sure trying, aren't we?"

"We want to acquire as many good players as we can to put ourselves in position to have that magic again", Alderson said Monday.

The extra year means this isn't as much of an all-in move as the Cespedes trade was last year.

Wotell is the team's 16th ranked prospect while Herrera was considered the second baseman of the future.

The outfielder also can opt out of his deal and become a free agent, and Bruce gives the team a slugger for next year in that scenario.

After the deal was initially announced Monday morning, news broke that the Reds were concerned about medical report on one of the players involved in that trade. "[Bruce] has been a run producer. You're a big, big piece", Collins recalled telling him. I've thrown up in my mouth at every reference to him as the National League's RBI leader, as if that imparts any useful information whatsoever (he's knocked in Joey Votto, second in the league in OBP, 24 times). "I'm a baseball player, and that's what I'm going to do", Bruce said to Rosenthal about the trade.

Bruce homered in five straight games in late July, a career best. He's been an impact guy this season.

"I think there will be some things that will be addressed", Collins said.

So they sold high on Bruce, as they did on Todd Frazier.

The comparisons flowed even from his new teammates, who recognized the clear parallels from a year ago.

The Bruce trade opens up an outfield slot for top prospect Jesse Winker.

For the Mets, it was worth finding out.

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