Jay Bruce returning to Mets on three year deal

Jay Bruce returning to Mets on three year deal

Jay Bruce will return to the New York Mets after agreeing to a deal with the team, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday.

The left-handed hitter totaled 36 home runs last season, 29 for the Mets and seven for the Indians, and would have provided another power bat to a San Francisco lineup that needs it even if he could not hit that many homers playing his home games at AT&T Park.

Bruce was traded from the Mets to the Indians last season after spending parts of two seasons in NY.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was critical of Smith earlier this offseason, so it makes sense that the Mets want some depth at first base in case he needs to be sent back down to the minors at some point.

Bruce, popular in the Indians clubhouse during the two months he was with the Tribe, played in 43 regular-season games with the Indians.

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Bruce will earn $39 million over three years.

The lack of movement on the free agent market this winter and particularly with top slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez still out there seemingly holding up other players, however, seems to have created a buyers market in January. All together Bruce has played in five postseason series. Bruce did not seem to be one of their A-list options.

"Seeing Conforto get hurt, man, that killed me", Bruce said back in August.

The Mets had a need because of the injury to Conforto, who is not expected to be ready for Opening Day after injuring his shoulder on an innocent-looking swing.

Even with below-average defense and speed, the 30-year-old continues to show he can be a valuable commodity in the middle of a batting order and a key part of an offense.

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