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Report: Phillies close to acquiring Jay Bruce in trade

Jay Bruce

The Philadelphia Phillies are not waiting around to make improvements with the aim of further entrenching themselves atop the National League East.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Phillies are close to acquiring outfielder Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners, and the deal should be confirmed within the next day.

Bruce won’t come cheap for the Phillies financially, as they’re reportedly taking on the bulk of his contract to use him in a bench role.

Bruce is only hitting .212, but he has already hit 14 home runs this season. That’s not a small thing for a Phillies team that ranks 12th in the NL in home runs, and his tally would immediately assume the team lead. It also helps fill the hole left behind by Odubel Herrera after he was placed on leave earlier in the week.


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