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New York Mets Likely To Acquire Jay Bruce In Trade With Reds

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets are likely to acquire Jay Bruce in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds Monday, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. 

The 29-year-old slugger will look to help New York’s offense, as he leads the National League in RBIs this season with 80 in addition to 25 home runs and a .265 batting average. Bruce has spent all of his nine years with the Reds, compiling 233 home runs, 718 RBIs and hitting .249.

As part of the trade, if gone through, the Reds will get 23-year-old outfielder Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo, a 2011 first-round pick, played in 18 games with the Mets this season.

The biggest concern in the trade seems to be from Nimmo’s torn tendon in his foot earlier in the year. The medical concerns seem to be the main reason in the lapse, per Crasnick.

Bruce’s contract has a team option next season for $13 million, including a $1 million buyout. The Mets were not part of the right fielder’s no-trade list, which included teams such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins.

Bruce’s 233 home runs with the Reds is seventh on the team’s all-time list. Seen as one of the best prospects in baseball at the time, Bruce was selected by the organization as the No. 12 overall pick in 2005. 

The Reds and Mets were close to making a deal last year at the trade deadline - a deal that would have seen Cincinnati trade Bruce for starter Zack Wheeler. That deal fell through on the day of the trade deadline.


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Jeremy Losak
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UPDATE: After reconstructing the trade, the Reds acquired Dilson Herrera instead of Brandon Nimmo.

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