Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Mets bring back Jay Bruce

Mets bring back Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce has agreed to return to the Mets, Jerry Crasnick of reports.

The lefty-swinging Bruce adds immediate power to the Mets' lineup. The 30-year-old is coming off another productive season during which he hit.254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games. Michael Conforto, perhaps the brightest light of the Mets' disappointing 2017 season, may not be ready by opening day because of left shoulder surgery he had in September.

He can become a free agent next winter.

When Bruce joined the Indians, it marked the first time that he had played for a team in the American League.

Bruce was acquired by the Mets in 2016 and did not perform well, batting just.219 in 50 games. Bruce hit the game-tying home run in Cleveland's 9-8 Game 2 victory that needed 13 innings to determine a victor.

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What does the signing of Jay Bruce mean for young first baseman Dominic Smith?

With spring training five weeks away and some players admittedly beginning to get nervous about their ever-nearer futures, teams are able to negotiate more team friendly deals.

They know what they are getting in Bruce.

Bruce's presence provides some insurance in case Conforto isn't ready at the beginning of the season.

With those numbers, it was inevitable that he would be traded at one of the trade deadlines and the Mets pulled off a salary dump move before the waiver trade deadline in August that sent him to the Cleveland Indians.

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