Report: Jay Bruce would “very likely” waive no-trade clause for the Indians

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Jay Bruce has eight teams listed on his limited no-trade clause, the Indians among them. However, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleballer, the Reds’ outfielder would “very likely” waive that limited no-trade clause to join the first-place Indians. Heyman cites a friend of Bruce’s, who said that the nine-year veteran hastily added the Indians as a replacement for the Blue Jays.

Bruce, 29, is having the best offensive season of his career thus far, batting .279/.325/.568 with 17 home runs, and 59 RBI. Oddly enough, he also leads the league with six triples. Earning $12,541,667 this season, Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his $13 million club option is declined in favor of a $1 million buyout.

The Indians don’t have many holes, but an upgrade is an upgrade. The club’s aggregate .823 OPS from its outfielders is second best in the American League.

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