ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent outfielder Jay Bruce is expected to sign with the Mets. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it’s a three-year, $39 million contract. The deal is expected to be finalized tonight.
Bruce, 30, spent last season with the Mets and Indians, batting a composite .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI. In the ALDS, Bruce hit a pair of home runs in five games against the Yankees.
As a Met, over two half-seasons in 2016 and ’17, Bruce hit .245/.313/.482 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI in 635 plate appearances.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.