Jay Bruce
RF NYM
6 days ago

Bruce (hip) will play right field and bat sixth in the order in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bruce experienced some stiffness in his right hip prior to Sunday's game and was held out the last two days, which provided sufficient time off for him to recover. He'll take back his usual spot in right field, which suggests the Mets aren't concerned about the hip injury affecting his mobility.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
1 week ago

Bruce (hip) will likely return to the lineup Wednesday, Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Mets play a road game Monday which requires a bus trip and then have an off-day Tuesday, so Bruce will get a couple of days to rest up. The veteran outfielder suggested the extra work he's been getting at first base could be the cause of the stiffness in his right hip, but neither he nor the team seem to view it as anything serious.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
1 week ago

Bruce was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins due to a tight right hip, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is the first news of Bruce dealing with hip discomfort this spring, so it appears that his scratch is just precautionary. He's considered day-to-day for now.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
2 weeks ago

Bruce didn't look out of place defensively at first base Tuesday, and will play at least one more game at the position this spring, The New York Daily News reports. "No one got hurt, so that's a good start. It was fine," Bruce said with a laugh following the game. "I was happy to pick that ball, the ball I got thrown to me, that was good. I need to get the ball to Jake (deGrom) a little quicker [on an underhand throw to first after fielding a grounder]. Overall, I felt comfortable. It's definitely faster and, you know, it's different, but it was fun."

EDGE Analysis

The Mets were hit hard by injuries last year, and in response seem intent on setting up contingency plans wherever they can for 2017. The 29-year-old may not see any game action at all at first base during the regular season if Lucas Duda stays healthy, but if Duda's back becomes an issue again, Bruce could pick up some extra position eligibility to go along with the extra at-bats.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
2 weeks ago

Bruce is getting a start at first base Tuesday, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was anticipated when Lucas Duda was dealing with a back injury, but now that Duda is supposedly back to full health, it comes as something of a surprise that Bruce would still get action at first base. Of course, the Mets have five MLB-caliber outfielders for three spots, so they will have to get creative in order to get everyone semi-regular action. It's possible that Bruce will add first base eligibility in leagues with more liberal position-eligibility guidelines.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
3 weeks ago

Bruce went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

The blast came against Rick Porcello, and Bruce is now hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a 1.283 OPS through the early part of the spring. The Mets tried hard to unload the 29-year-old in the offseason, but Bruce is still coming off his fourth campaign with at least 30 home runs and could end up producing big power numbers from the heart of their order in 2017.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
1 month ago

Bruce took part in fielding drills at first base Sunday, The New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neil Walker and T.J. Rivera also saw some work at first over the weekend, as Lucas Duda's continuing back issues put pressure on the organization to come up with contingency plans in case Duda isn't ready for Opening Day. Bruce played three games at first in 2014 for the Reds, so the position isn't completely unfamiliar to him, and with Michael Conforto off to a red-hot start at the plate this spring, finding room in the infield for Bruce could help the Mets clear up their outfield logjam. The 29-year-old is still expected to see most of his action during the regular season in right field, however -- assuming the front office isn't able to trade him before then.

Jay Bruce
RF NYM
1 month 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
2 months 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
5 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.