The Reds are expected to pursue trading outfielder Jay Bruce this winter, but there is a small roadblock as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Bruce has a limited no-trade clause with which he can veto trades to any of eight teams. Those teams are the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks.
Bruce, 28, has had back-to-back disappointing seasons, hitting a combined .222/.288/.406 with 44 home runs and 153 RBI in 1,194 plate appearances. However, he’s still relatively young and signed to a team-friendly contract which will pay him $12.5 million in 2016. Bruce’s team can choose to buy out his 2017 season for $1 million or pick up his club option for $13 million.