UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the Mets are on the verge of completing a trade for Jay Bruce.
9:57 AM: Jeff Passan now says that the Mets are “the favorites” to land Jay Bruce.
9:28 AM: Multiple reports are bubbling up saying that the Mets are in “active discussions” for Bruce. They targeted Bruce last year in a deal many people thought was going to happen until falling through at the last minute. As it stands now it’d be hard to see how Bruce fits with the Mets — they have Curtis Granderson in right; they really need a center fielder — but maybe Yoenis Cespedes is hurt worse than many believe.
7:41 AM: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports this morning that the Reds have a deal in place to trade outfielder Jay Bruce. Where? He doesn’t know. But he knows it’s not the Dodgers. Bob Dutton, who covers the Mariners, believes it’s not them either. So I guess we’ll just have to wait to hear.
Bruce is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .265/.316/.559 with 25 homers and 80 driven in. It’s certainly his best power season, as he’s on pace for 39 homers. His career best is 34. The right fielder is owed the remainder of his $12.5 million salary for 2016 and is subject to a club option for 2017 at $13 million with a one million dollar buyout.