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Mets: Grading each of the 2017-2018 offseason free agent signings

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After two months, it’s time to hand out some grades for each of the New York Mets offseason free agent signings.

The New York Mets had plenty of moves to make over the winter. Multiple holes on this roster left from trades or the loss of free agents led to an active winter.

At this point, I believe we’ve seen enough of the Mets’ offseason signings to pass out some grades. The faint of heart may want to look away. You won’t see too many positive words in the upcoming paragraphs.

A few factors are included in these grades. Expectations, the dollars spent, and the player’s overall performance all attributed to these marks.

As you may expect, plenty of players will stay for summer school.

Jay Bruce D

The Mets traded Jay Bruce last summer to the Cleveland Indians for a low-level pitching prospect, Ryder Ryan. The move looked like it could end Bruce’s time in New York. With an obvious need for power, the Mets asked Bruce to come back.

Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out too well with Bruce. The left-handed slugger isn’t showing off much power. He’s also slashing below his career totals and performing below average in the field.

Bruce is making $11 million in 2018 and will take home another $15 million in each of the next two seasons. It’s a large number to pay for a guy with one real discernable skill. Bruce is a power hitter through and through without any major strength beyond the four-base hit.

Because he has yet to find his home run stroke, the Bruce signing gets a big fat D.