Mets are expected to trade for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.