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Heyman | Mets sign Jay Bruce to 3-year deal

Heyman | Mets sign Jay Bruce to 3-year deal

The Mets have made a free-agent splash with a familiar face.

Additionally, San Francisco is looking to improve its defense and add a right-handed power hitter to its lineup, and Bruce is merely an average defender who hits from the left side. He hit 36 homers and drove in 101 runs last season.

The Mets dealt Bruce to the Indians on August 9th in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

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The move will likely result in what the Mets did past year playing Yoenis Cespedes and Bruce in the corner outfield spots and having Conforto play center. Although the Mets have said his rehab is going well, it's questionable whether he'll be ready by Opening Day. They also have Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo on the roster. He was one of New York's most productive bats during that stretch, slugging 37 home runs and driving in 94 runs in what is the equivalent to nearly a full season of play in blue and orange. It will be interesting to see if Bruce will see more playing time at first this season especially when Michael Conforto returns from injury.

The Indians expected Bruce to sign elsewhere. He scuffled down the stretch that year, but over the course of the 153 games he has played with the team, he has slugged 37 home runs and driven in 94 runs. First baseman Carlos Santana signed with Philadelphia for $60 million over three years, and closer Wade Davis got $52 million over three years from Colorado.