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Cleveland Indians Acquire Jay Bruce In Trade With New York Mets

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On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians finalized a trade to acquire outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets. It’s Bruce’s second time being traded in two years, as he was acquired by the Mets in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds around last season’s trade deadline. 

In exchange, the Mets receive minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan, who currently has a 4.79 ERA with a 3-4 record at Single-A this season.  

A three-time All-Star, Bruce is having one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .258 at the plate with 29 HRs and 75 RBIs. The Indians look to Bruce as a solid outfielder to bolster their roster, as outfielder Michael Brantley was put on the disabled list Monday with an ankle injury. 

The Indians designated outfielder Daniel Robertson for assignment upon acquiring Bruce, in order to make room for him on the 40-man roster. 

Indians president Chris Antonetti had positive things to say about Bruce, calling him a “consistent power threat” and “a guy that’s been able to hit in the middle of the order and be a really productive hitter.” 

And he’s in the midst of having one of the best years of his career in terms of his power output and his slugging, and he’s a guy that we think will add to our group on the field and complement our team in the clubhouse.” 

The Indians hope to get Bruce to Florida as soon as possible, as they look for him to start in Thursday nights game against the Tampa Bay Rays. 

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