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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mets News: Mets Trade Bruce To Indians For Prospect Pitcher

Image result for jay bruceMets News: Mets Trade Bruce To Indians For Prospect Pitcher

The Indians have officially announced a deal with the Mets that’ll bring outfielder Jay Bruce to Cleveland. Going to New York in return is 22-year-old righty Ryder Ryan.

Bruce could have blocked a deal to the Indians, but that would have left him with the fading Mets down the stretch — and kept the qualifying offer on the table. Instead, he will enter free agency free and clear of any draft compensation. All of Bruce’s remaining salary will reportedly land on Cleveland’s books. That’s around $4MM (of $13MM on the year) from here through the end of the season.

Though New York will give up the chance to issue Bruce a qualifying offer, it’s not hard to see the reasoning here. The 30-year-old is a quality player, but a roughly $18MM salary — even for a single year — is no small amount. Plus, Bruce’s continuing presence with the Mets would’ve meant for an awkward outfield mix, as the team would’ve presumably bumped Michael Conforto into significant time in center. Instead, the Mets can utilize Conforto in right, pairing Juan Lagares with Brandon Nimmo or another player in center, while perhaps redirecting some of those resources. It’s worth bearing in mind, too, that the new CBA would only have given the Mets a pick after the second round if Bruce had declined the QO and signed elsewhere. Plus, it’s worth noting that the Mets will now have a cleaner path for the promotion of first base prospect Dominic Smith.

Clearing Bruce’s remaining salary is likely the main driver here. But Ryan will bring another interesting arm to the New York system. He is said to have plenty of velocity in the tank, though he also has limited experience on the mound after mostly playing in the field during college. Through 41 1/3 frames at the Class A level this year, Ryan owns a 4.79 ERA with 10.7 K/9 against 3.7 BB/9.

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