Jay Bruce returns to Mets on 3-year deal

Jay Bruce returns to Mets on 3-year deal

While the New York Mets made their first major move in over a month by signing free-agent right fielder Jay Bruce to a three-year deal on Wednesday night, it looks as though they let another opportunity to address a major need go by the wayside.

Bruce's return offers the Mets insurance on multiple fronts. He hit.256 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI for the Mets last season.

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.

Bruce has played with just three teams during his 10-year career.

Jay Bruce played in 43 of the Indians' final 50 games in 2017 and the Tribe won 41 of those contests. For the entire season, he batted.254 with 36 home runs.

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With slugger Yoenis Cespedes coming off a hamstring injury in left, the Mets plan to have their top three outfielders from previous year back intact.

While robust for relievers, the free agent market this winter has been shockingly slow for other players.

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They know what they are getting in Bruce.

The Mets dealt Bruce to the Indians on August 9th in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan. Since the beginning of 2017, however, Bruce had been the steady engine in the Mets lineup and it's only consistency with Cespedes missing half a season with hamstring injuries.