With the non-waiver trade deadline upon the MLB, teams have been scrambling to finalize deals and bring in players, with the hopes of standing out in the second half of the season.
One such team are the Cincinnati Reds, who have been mulling the trade of outfielder Jay Bruce for two seasons, already. Though a few teams showed minor interest in Bruce last week, rumors have since heated up, with several teams chiming in to secure the talented player with the hopes of bolstering their offense.
Bruce, who has been performing well this season, has been hitting .271 with 25 homers, and 79 RBIs through 95 games. This was a significant improvement from the last two seasons where he only hit .222, averaging 22 home runs and a 76 RBI. Bruce has hit seven homers and driven in 15 while enjoying his current nine-game hitting streak, making him a top commodity for a lot of teams.
The following, though, are what sources say could be the most likely destinations for Jay Bruce.
The Cleveland Indians
Being one of the teams that may have a chance (emphasis on the word chance) to win a World Series this season, the Indians may be Bruce’s preferred choice. With a 4 ½ game lead in the AL central and flexibility (credited to outfielder Michael Brantley’s injury status), Cleveland may be the safest bet for Bruce.
New York Mets
After being turned down by the Brewers for Jonathan Lucroy, they have now focused their attention on Bruce. Sources say the team sees him as the player who can give some flexibility for Terry Collins and relieve the pressure from Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. Recent rumors suggest that the Mets are “very involved” in the pursuit of Bruce.
Source says Mets "very involved" in pursuing Jay Bruce. Unlike Lucroy for Brewers, Bruce is in #reds lineup tonight.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 30, 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers
Despite a supposed three-team deal among the Reds, Dodgers and Braves thrown out the window, the Dodgers are still among the teams in the top of the Jay Bruce race. With a pair of talented young outfielders in Pederson and Tompson, the addition of Bruce may be an ideal move in terms of offense.
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