It’s deadline day, and we have our first trade of the day!
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is finally on the move, after months of rumors and speculation regarding his status with the Reds. Bruce will reportedly be exchanging his Reds uniform for a New York Mets uni. I say reportedly, because this is the third time that Bruce has been close to being dealt over the past year. In fact, the Mets were seriously pursuing the Cincinnati slugger after their deal for Carlos Gomez fell apart at the last minute at last season’s deadline.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney was the first on the news, noting that both sides were finishing up a deal.
The Mets are on the verge of finishing a deal for Jay Bruce.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 1, 2016
While the clubs have yet to confirm the deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post and MLB Network is reporting that top prospect Brandon Nimmo and two others will be the return for the Mets, of course pending physicals. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports was the first to report Nimmo’s involvement (via Twitter).
For the Reds, this is a very solid return. To this point, it’s only known that they’re getting Nimmo in return, the Mets fifth-best prospect according to MLBPipeline. Nimmo has been given slight exposure to the big leagues this season by the Mets, hitting .236/.300/.291 with one home run and five RBIs in only 60 plate appearances. Despite the small sample-size, Nimmo is projected to be a regular major-league outfielder, with solid all-around skills. The only question mark is regarding his sporadic power.
Bruce, 29, is enjoying an All-Star season at the plate, hitting .265/.316/.559 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs in 402 plate appearances for the Reds. The three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger is under team control through next season, as he has a $13 million team option in his contract for the 2017 season.
This is an interesting fit for the Mets, as Bruce will add to the corner outfield logjam that includes Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, and Michael Conforto. Nonetheless, this move signifies that the Mets still believe that they can make a postseason run. They’ve been linked to other players like Jonathan Lucroy for the past few weeks, and while those specific talks didn’t yield results, there is still a little less than three hours before the 4:00 ET deadline. A lot can change in three hours.
4:15 PM UPDATE:
The deal went through a little bit of a hiccup, but both sides have smoothed the wrinkles and the deal is now official. In an interesting bit of news, it appears that Mets youngster Brandon Nimmo is not in the deal, as first thought. Instead, the deal is second baseman Dilson Herrera and southpaw Max Wotell to the Reds for Bruce. Both teams have officially confirmed the news
The Reds have acquired from the Mets IF Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell in exchange for OF Jay Bruce.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 1, 2016
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 1, 2016