Report: Mets “heavily” scouting Reds’ Jay Bruce

Even after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets are looking to acquire another hitter to help bolster their lineup for the remainder of the season to help get them to the playoffs.

One player they are interested in is outfielder Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds and the Mets are said to be “scouting heavily,” according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Bruce, 28, is having a better season at the plate this season, as he is hitting .253 compared to a weak .217 last year. To go along with his .253 batting average, he has hit 15 home runs and 49 RBI.

Detroit Tigers’ Yoenis Cespedes is also a player of interest to the Mets, but their interest in him appears to be reserved at this time, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

One reason Bruce a more intriguing target than Cespedes is that he is signed through 2017, making anywhere from $12-13 million per year.

It’s clear that the Mets are not done adding to their lineup and given their apparent strong interest in Bruce, a deal could happen at anytime. A deal, however, does not appear to be imminent, but with the trade deadline getting closer, something could be put together quickly.

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