Linked to Giants, Jay Bruce agrees to multi-year deal elsewhere

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets

Bringing back Bruce though will likely result in the Mets shuffling their outfield just a bit. Bruce, who has logged 13 career starts at first base, is capable of spending time at the position if prospect Dominic Smith struggles in his second season. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made.

Bruce began the 2017 season with the Mets but was traded to the Indians mid-season. In 109 games previous year he smacked 27 home runs with a.384 on-base percentage.

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 will likely fill the role he did previous year, playing a corner outfield spot but also occasionally playing first base. Bruce's deal is for three years, $39 million, The Post's Mike Puma confirmed.

Mets fans can breathe a sign of relief. The trade, however, was ultimately nixed by a higher up in the NY organization - likely over concerns regarding Kipnis' contract. However, he rebounded last season to club 29 homers in 103 games for NY.

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Back in December 20, ESPN reported that they Giants wanted to sign Bruce but were not willing to go beyond a three-year deal.

The following off-season, many questioned whether the Texas native who had previously spent his entire professional career with the Reds could handle the NY spotlight.

Bruce's contract is the largest paid out to a free agent outfielder thus far this offseason, but J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain are both expected to command more significant contracts.

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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