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Mets trade outfielder Jay Bruce to Cleveland Indians for single-A prospect with 4.79 ERA

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Jay Bruce
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Jay Bruce /

The Mets have finally moved one of their big pieces from the outfield, and the Cleveland Indians have won the final bid

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Mets outfield Jay Bruce has been traded to the Indians. In return, New York is getting 22-year-old Ryder Ryan from Cleveland’s single-A affiliate.

The right-hander is in his second year of pro ball and hasn’t had a great year in 2017. A 30th round pick from 2016, Ryan has posted a 4.79 ERA over 41 1/3 innings.

The Indians will be picking up the rest of Bruce’s salary for 2017 which is estimated at around $5 million. Based on what the Mets are getting back for Bruce, it’s looking more and more like a straight up salary dump by Alderson.

The Indians will be getting one of the better power hitter in the National League in Jay Bruce. He has had a fabulous season in his first full year in New York after struggling in 2016 after he was traded from the Reds.

He started off the year super hot in Philly hitting two home runs in one game. This would prove to be somewhat prophetic as he’d continue going deep on a consistent basis.

Through Wednesday, Bruce is batting a modest .258 with 29 home runs, 75 runs batted in. His power numbers are obviously what Cleveland is looking to benefit from the most. His .847 OPS was one of the top on this Mets team that will now have a big hole in the middle of its lineup for the last six weeks plus of the season.

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Jay Bruce is a free agent at the end of the year, so there’s a chance he could come back to New York when it’s time for him to sign a new deal. He’s gone on the record and said he’s been pretty comfortable with the Mets, and the fans have definitely come around on him this season.