Jay Bruce
RF NYM
2 weeks ago

Bruce is expected to get some reps at first base this spring, The NY Post reports. "Just because Lucas has had some injury issues, I think we've probably got to have Jay do some work over there," Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday. "Not push it on him, because he still is going to play the outfield. But we have just got to make sure we have another option there, especially if something happens to Lucas where we've got a left-handed bat that can go over there."

EDGE Analysis

Wilmer Flores is available to platoon for Duda against left-handed pitching, but if Duda's back issues take him out of the lineup again for a significant length of time, the Mets might prefer to put Bruce at first base and open up an outfield spot for Michael Conforto. This doesn't alter Bruce's fantasy value much, but it does underscore that the team is committed to keeping his bat in the lineup if they can't find a way to unload his contract before Opening Day.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
1 month ago3 Comments

Bruce was notified by the Mets that he will open the 2017 season as the team's starting right fielder, the NY Post's Ken Davidoff reports.

EDGE Analysis

New York exercised the $13 million option on his 2017 contract in early-November as a hedge in case Yoenis Cespedes didn't return. Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million at the end of that month. Since then, the Mets have tried to find a taker for Bruce to no avail, either because of the type of bullpen arm they want back or unwillingness to eat salary. Even with the free agent market softening, no deal looks to be on the horizon involving Bruce. Because of that, he will head to spring training as the starting right fielder with Cespedes in left, Curtis Granderson in center and Juan Lagares plus Michael Conforto as bench bats. In addition, Bruce and Conforto may be tried out at first base in spring training as Lucas Duda is returning from his back injury.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
4 months ago

The Mets informed Bruce on Thursday that they will exercise the $13 million option on his contract for the 2017 season, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bruce had his share of struggles after being acquired by the Mets at the trade deadline, but his salary is reasonable for a player with his power, so the Mets decided to bring him back for another year. Bruce figures to be the regular right fielder for the Mets in 2017 and should occupy a spot in the middle of the batting order.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and a solo homer in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger was virtually the Mets offense on the night, driving Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth and eighth innings with RBI hits and blasting a solo shot to left in the seventh. Bruce has rebounded from an extended slump to forge a six-game hitting streak during which he's tallied a .500 average (10-for-20) with four homers, including one in each of the last three games, eight RBI and six runs. Friday's production also leaves him just one RBI short of the second 100-RBI season of his career.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce homered for the second straight game and for the third time in five games Wednesday against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

After struggling mightily following his acquisition by the Mets, Bruce has righted the ship lately. He is 7-for-16 with those three home runs and five runs driven in the past five games. With New York vying for a playoff berth, look for Bruce to remain in the lineup as the starting right fielder the final series of the year, which begins Friday in Philadelphia.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Bruce's second-inning blast was his 31st of the season, and his second in the last four games. The veteran is riding a modest four-game hitting streak as he attempts to earn back the confidence of manager Terry Collins. After slumping his way through August (.183 average in 93 at-bats), and starting slow in September, Bruce found himself riding the pine for five of the team's six games last week. However, he's now received the starting nod in each of the last three games, so owners in need of Bruce's services can feel confident in deploying him once again.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce is not in the lineup Friday against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

This marks the fifth time in the past six games that Bruce will sit out, as it seems manager Terry Collins is getting impatient with the 29-year-old slugger. Michael Conforto will slot into right field to replace him for the evening.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bruce's production at the plate has continued to get worse as of late. Over the last seven games, he's hit just .059/.111/.059, bringing his line with the Mets down to a dismal .175/.253/.287. With Bruce out of the lineup, Curtis Granderson will move over to right field.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce is not in the lineup Wednesday for the third time in four days, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bruce went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's game and is hitting just .081 (3-for-37) since Sept. 5, so manager Terry Collins decided to hold him out again Wednesday. The Mets are undoubtedly hoping Bruce snaps out of his slump, but It will be tough for him t o turn things around when he's not getting at-bats,

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
5 months ago

Bruce is not in the lineup Monday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

EDGE Analysis

Bruce is a woeful 3-for-33 (.091) since homering for the second time in three games Sept. 4, so manager Terry Collins has given him back-to-back days off to clear his head. Michael Conforto will get another start in right field Monday in Bruce's place.