Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds “have engaged in preliminary discussions” about trading outfielder Jay Bruce. He says the Padres are one team they have spoken to.
Bruce is coming off the worst season of his career, so it is something of a sell-low situation. Which could be why, according to Rosenthal, the Reds aren’t committed to dealing him as much as they are merely feeling other teams out on the idea.
Bruce is under team control through 2017. If he bounces back, he’d be a nice pickup for someone, given that before his bad 2014 — which the Reds attribute to lingering effects from a injury — he posted four straight years of solid production and represents a rare source of team-controlled power.