Jay Bruce returning to Mets on three-year deal, reports say

Jay Bruce is heading back to New York after signing a free agent deal with the Mets

Outfielder Jay Bruce, whom the New York Mets traded last season to the Cleveland Indians during the stretch run, have resigned the free-agent slugger to a three-year $39 million contract, the MLB Network is reporting.

The Mets had mulled holding onto Bruce and giving him a qualifying offer, but gambled and sent him to Cleveland for right-handed pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, a converted third baseman. He hit 36 homers and drove in 101 runs last season. Bruce previously played with the Cincinnati Reds from 2008-2016, the Mets from 2016-2017, and the Indians to close out the 2017 season. Since the beginning of 2017, however, Bruce had been the steady engine in the Mets lineup and it's only consistency with Cespedes missing half a season with hamstring injuries.

Bruce displayed his usual lefthanded power bat before getting traded away last season.

While signing Anthony Swarzak was a big improvement, the Mets still need help in their pen.

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It's weird to think about it this way, specially after the signing of Bruce, but if the Mets bring back Walker, and Reed, they are a better team than what they are right now and probably a better team than they were for the majority of 2017. The talent is there. There are still some glaring needs that have to be addressed before Spring Training starts, and if the organization is serious about contending, they'll have to covered. "I still believe that, had the injuries not taken over". "It was bad to see that". Santana's three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies is the largest.

According to a source, the Mets are also interested in reuniting with free agent reliever Addison Reed. In 2012, the NL MVP was Giants catcher Buster Posey and in 2013, the NL MVP was Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

The Mets are more likely to address their infield needs through free agency, with Todd Frazier, Howie Kendrick, Neil Walker and Jose Reyes among the names under discussion.

Anthony Rieber covers baseball, as well as the NFL, NBA and National Hockey League, for the sports department.

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