ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent outfielder Jay Bruce is expected to sign with the Mets. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it’s a three-year, $39 million contract. The deal is expected to be finalized tonight.
Bruce, 30, spent last season with the Mets and Indians, batting a composite .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI. In the ALDS, Bruce hit a pair of home runs in five games against the Yankees.
As a Met, over two half-seasons in 2016 and ’17, Bruce hit .245/.313/.482 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI in 635 plate appearances.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?