The Mets may be cooling on Jay Bruce but, if this report is to be believed, they are not cooling on the idea of adding a corner outfielder with pop:
As with the other rumored Mets moves, one assumes it involves pitching going back the other way. Particularly rehabbing starter Zack Wheeler. Of course, with all Mets moves, we’ll believe it when we see it.
The Mets, of course, are not exactly entitled to the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this stuff, so one can’t help but wonder if they were asking for the Reds to take on some of Bruce’s money or something. I guess we’ll hear eventually.
After reversing course on a trade for Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez the Mets turned their attention to Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the “expectation among many in industry is that deal will happen.”
To get Gomez the Mets were set to give up right-hander Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores. No word yet on the exact return needed to snag the 28-year-old Bruce, but Rosenthal wrote yesterday that the Reds were willing to take Wheeler for him.
Bruce and Gomez are vastly different players, but they’re both signed for next season and clearly the Mets wanted any outfield pickup to be more than just a two-month rental. Bruce struggled last season, but has returned to his usual production this year by hitting .257 with 17 homers and an .827 OPS in 97 games to match his .826 OPS from 2010-2013.