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Mets Trade For Reds’ Slugger Bruce

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Jay Bruce Traded to Mets 

For the second consecutive season, the New York Mets have made a big splash at the trade deadline, but not without some controversy.  Shortly after noon, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reported that Jay Bruce will be headed to Queens.  While exchanging medicals, however, the teams came to an impasse.  Brandon Nimmo, who was originally going to Cincinnati, reportedly had a medical issue, but the teams were able to rework the deal.  There was plenty of speculation about where the Reds’ longtime right fielder would land, with potential suitors including San Francisco, Cleveland, and obviously New York.  The Reds have been in rebuild mode for the past year, and Bruce is the latest piece to be moved.  In return, Cincinnati will acquire prospect Dilson Herrera and pitcher Max Wotell.

To say that the Mets’ offense has struggled this year would be a massive understatement.  The Amazin’s have floundered with their bats in 2016, ranking 28th in the league in runs scored.  Bruce’s big offensive numbers should help alleviate the Mets’ woes.  Bruce was named to his third all-star team this year, and for good reason.  The 29 year-old has mashed 25 home runs in only 97 games, and he leads the National League in RBI’s with 80.  Bruce has 233 career home runs over nine seasons with the Reds.  Since the all-star break, the Mets are only 7-9 while their division rivals, the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins, have played well.  The offense has been anemic following the Midsummer Classic; they have not scored more than six runs in a game since July 7th.  Bruce can provide the lineup with some serious pop over the next two seasons since he is signed through 2017.

The Mets had actively been trying to acquire Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy, but all talks died out on Monday, especially once the Bruce deal was announced.  Bruce should fit very nicely into the lineup.  His arrival will give Yoenis Cespedes added protection, while also allowing Neil Walker to move into the 5-hole.  Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto will share time in center field to make room for Bruce in right.

The Reds have traded away former cornerstones Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, and Aroldis Chapman since the beginning of last season, and Jay Bruce is the latest to go.  Cincinnati has acquired some solid players in return for their stars like Adam Duvall and Brandon Finnegan, and Dilson Herrera should continue that trend.  In 49 games played for New York between 2014 and 2015, Herrera only hit .215 yet he has produced great numbers in Triple-A.  The 22 year-old Colombian infielder has a .300 average in 167 games at the highest minor league level, while also crushing 25 home runs.

Wotell was the Mets third-round draft choice in 2015 out of Marvin Ridge HS in North Carolina.  The 19 year-old southpaw has a 3-1 record this year in Rookie ball while striking out 31 batters in under 30 innings pitched. ranked Wotell as the 16th best prospect on the Mets.  He has the potential to become a big league starter in the future.