Jay Bruce agrees to rejoin New York Mets on 3-year, $39 million deal


Free agent outfielder Jay Bruce has reached agreement on a three-year, $39 million contract with the New York Mets, two baseball sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Bruce, who was dealt to the Cleveland Indians by the Mets prior to the trade deadline last season, hit a combined .254 last season with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs. He added much-needed lineup depth for an AL Central-winning Cleveland team that went 42-9 after he arrived in August.

Bruce is a career .249 hitter with 277 homers and 838 RBIs in nine major league seasons. He has played 1,416 games in his career, also spending eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Bruce provides a dangerous left-handed bat that can play some corner outfield or first base, where he played 24 games for the Indians and Mets last season. A downside has been his career-long penchant for following a torrid streak with an incredibly cold one.

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