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 said during his time with the Indians he was open to returning to the Mets.
The Mets made it clear this winter they were seeking an outfielder who could play first if needed, and Bruce started 10 games there last season for NY.
Bruce played in 103 games with the Mets, had 20 doubles, 29 homers, 75 RBI, and batted.256/.321/.520.
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Bound for his 11th year in the major leagues, Bruce is coming off a career-high 36 home runs in 2017.
According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Bruce will earn $39 million over three years. Those numbers suited Bruce well when he played at Great American Ball Park, Citi Field and Progressive Field, but there was no guarantee that his power would transfer over to AT&T Park, especially as a left-handed hitter.
They know what they are getting in Bruce. 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. After falling out of playoff contention, NY traded him to the AL Central champions on August 9 for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.