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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 02: Outfielder Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets poses for photos during MLB photo day on March 2, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 02: Outfielder Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets poses for photos during MLB photo day on March 2, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 13: Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during their game at Citi Field on April 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

2016

Best: Acquiring Jay Bruce without giving up much at all on August 1

The Mets didn’t make many moves at all in 2016. It’s somewhat surprising considering their status as a playoff team in 2015 and 2016. One move they did make at the trade deadline was the acquisition of Jay Bruce.

Bruce played poorly in his first month with the Mets, batting below the Mendoza Line in August. He did begin to play much better baseball in the final few weeks of the season, putting together a .263 batting average in the final month. It looked like the deal would indeed payoff as the Mets attempted to make another run to the World Series. What’s more, he had a very productive year in 2017 before he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians.

What makes this the best deal of 2016 is that they Mets didn’t give up much to land the slugging lefty. Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell went to the Cincinnati Reds in this trade. Things didn’t work out splendidly with Bruce, but compared to the other small number of moves the Mets made in the year 2016, it’s the best one they completed.

Worst: Acquiring Jay Bruce which set up for his return in free agency

The Bruce trade in 2016 that first sent him to Flushing set off a chain reaction which led to his return prior to the 2018 campaign. By far, the most success Bruce had with the Mets occurred in his 103 games played during the 2017 season. Unfortunately, the Mets were buried in the standings and the home run barrage he had early in the year had little impact on the team’s success.

Because they Mets were familiar with Bruce, they willingly took him back only a few months after he became a free agent. This secondary deal with Bruce probably wouldn’t have happened if he had never played for the Mets.

We can look at this with a silver lining, though. If Bruce never played for the orange and blue, would they have landed Diaz in the deal with the Mariners? We’ll never know for sure, but we can confidently say Bruce’s return for the 2018 season all came about because of this trade deadline deal in 2016.

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