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Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

13 January 2018, 01:13 | Nina Mathis

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 25 2017 San Diego CA USA New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce follows through during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

It was the first real splash made in free agency by the Amazins this winter.

The New York Mets and free agent outfielder Jay Bruce agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal, according to multiple reports Wednesday night.

It can be reasonably expected that if the Mets are fully healthy, their starting outfield would consist of Bruce in right field, Michael Conforto in center field, and Yoenis Cespedes in left field. He also can give young first baseman Dominic Smith some more time to develop without the pressure of having to produce every day. If the first base position becomes a combination of that trio, it would nearly certainly not provide the power that a typical first baseman provides in the lineup, which is why the Mets should explore signing at least one more infielder before the season starts.

Struggling after coming to NY at the 2016 trade deadline, Bruce not only proved that he could play in NY in 2017, but he basically carried the Mets' injury-plagued lineup.

Bruce, 30, played in 146 games last season with the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians. The rightfielder played 153 games with the Mets and had a slash of.245/.313/.482 to go along with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs. Bruce performed well in the postseason, hitting two home runs and driving in four in the ALDS.

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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. If you are a Mets fan, this deal is a sign of good things to follow.

They know what they are getting in Bruce.

Bruce was obtained by the Mets from Cincinnati for a pair of prospects on August 1, 2016.

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



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