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Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: INDIANS SHORE UP OUTFIELD BY ACQUIRING JAY BRUCE FROM THE NEW YORK METS

Apparently there is a team out there who can use 29 home runs and 75 RBI.  Unlike leading up to and at the July 31 non-waivers MLB trade deadline, New York Mets slugging outfielder Jay Bruce finally found a new home late on Wednesday when the team sent him to the Cleveland Indians for minor-league pitcher Ryder Ryan.  A free agent at the end of the season, the Indians will pick up the remainder of Bruce's contract this season which the New York Yankees were not willing to do in an earlier attempt to make a trade for him.  Now in terms of the numbers, Bruce goes to Cleveland with the 29 home runs and 75 RBI; along with 61 runs and a .256 average.  While he ran a bit earlier in his career, those days are over as Bruce has yet to record a steal this season.  Still Bruce is on pace for a career-best in home runs (he cracked 34 in 2012) and collect a healthy dose of RBI that could move up toward 100.  Add in the shaky .256 average due to a bit of a high 22.8 K/9 rate and this is pretty much a typical Bruce season in terms of fantasy baseball.  He also will move from one pitching ballpark to another so Bruce won't get any sort of environment boost either.  So while this is a lateral move for his fantasy baseball value, this likely signals that Bruce won't be returning to the Mets as a free agent at the end of the year since they won't have the qualifying option.  


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