The Mets have acquired Jay Bruce in exchange for outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo and two low level minor leaguers.
Bruce, 29, now has the chance to join Cespedes in the New York outfield. The career-long Red is in the midst of not just a resurgent season at the plate, but the finest offensive season he’s ever produced. Bruce is batting .265/.316/.559 with 25 homers, 22 doubles and six triples this season while playing on a reasonable $12.5MM salary. He’s still owed about $4.3MM of that sum through season’s end, and his contract comes with a $13MM club option for the 2017 season as well.
The Reds have been attempting to trade Bruce for quite some time now, but have finally found a package they are comfortable with. Nimmo is a former first-round pick and will likely fill Bruce’s role immediately. Bruce will help provide some offense that the Mets offense is lacking, however I have to wonder if it’s too little too late for the Mets who are third in the division, 6.5 games back from first and 2.5 back from the Wild Card.
ScoutsUpdate: Looks like the deal isn’t quite done yet, as the Reds are balking at the medicals from one of the prospects. The teams are attempting to rework the deal.
ScoutsUpdate: It looks like the two teams were able to agree on a restructured deal afterall. Nimmo is not included in the trade afterall.