Mets still need to do more after signing Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce

The free agent outfielder has agreed to a 3-year, $39 million deal with the Mets, as first reported by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Bruce gives the Mets some insurance in the outfield and in the lineup as Michael Conforto recovers from surgery to fix a torn capsule in his left shoulder.

A three-time All-Star, Bruce hit a combined.254 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs for the Mets and Cleveland Indians last season.

Jay Bruce is returning to the New York Mets.

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

Conforto hit 27 home runs last season and made his first career All-Star team before suffering a dislocated shoulder in August and undergoing surgery to fix a torn posterior capsule.


In a slow-developing market around the majors this offseason, Bruce's deal would be the third-largest given to a free agent so far.

The biggest victor of this deal is Sandy Alderson who not only got a great player back in the organization, but was able to bring him back for a reasonable cost and more importantly a short three-year deal that will not handicap the organization in the long-term. Michael Conforto (27 home runs) was the only other NY player to hit more than 20. All while reducing a payroll that hit $155 million last season. Team officials have spoken in recent days to Jay Bruce's agent, and a reunion with the veteran outfielder remains a possibility. Cespedes opted out and re-signed and the Mets had shopped Bruce and his $13 million contract ever since.

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

The Indians acquired Bruce from the Mets on August 9, one day after left fielder Michael Brantley suffered a sprained left ankle, for Lake County Captains relief pitcher Ryder Ryan.

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

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