After swinging a headline-grabbing trade for Evan Longoria this week, the San Francisco Giants could soon be reeling in another prized slugger.
In an appearance Wednesday on KNBR 680 AM, agent Matt Sosnick, who represents Jay Bruce, said that his client would be “thrilled” to play for the Giants.
“Bobby (Evans) knows that Jay, given his choice — he really wanted to play in San Francisco or Houston. Houston made it clear they didn’t have a need for him and a fit. I think it’s a perfect fit for the Giants. We sort of have to figure out the lay of the land and whether it works for the Giants and whether it works for us. I think if Jay ended up in San Francisco, he would be thrilled,” Sosnick told hosts Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger.
The 30-year-old Bruce hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs between the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians last season. He was said to be looking for a big payday on the free agent market, but his agent seemed to dispute that. Sosnick says any reports that Bruce wants $100 million and five years are not true. Instead, he says it’s more about “comfort and family” for Bruce.
The San Francisco Giants are being forced to move to Plan B after losing out on Giancarlo Stanton.
Reports indicate that the Giants have looked at slugging free agent outfielders such as Jay Bruce and J.D. Martinez, having prepared for the possibility that Stanton would reject a trade to San Francisco.
ESPN’s Buster Olney added that the Giants have discussed Martinez, but he will not come cheap.
The Giants have already been informed that Stanton won’t be joining them, so their pursuit of these free agent outfielders should intensify quickly.
Jay Bruce is looking to cash in on his big season.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that those inquiring about Bruce are being told he’s looking for a five-year deal worth $80-90 million.
That’s not bad cash for a guy who was acquired by the Cleveland Indians from the New York Mets for so little during the season.
It wasn’t that long ago that outfielders like Bruce were seemingly devalued around the league. But after bopping a career-high 36 home runs with a reasonable .254 average, Bruce believes some team will pay big for his power bat.
Bruce has his defensive limitations, and batting average is always a concern for him, but the 30-year-old could cash in this offseason after putting together a big 2017 and shining in the postseason for Cleveland.
The Toronto Blue Jays may have already identified their potential replacement for Jose Bautista.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that veteran outfielder Jay Bruce is “expected to draw interest” from Toronto in free agency.
The 30-year-old Bruce batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs in 146 games combined between the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians in 2017. The Blue Jays have also registered interest in him in the past.
This news comes on the heels of the Blue Jays officially declining Bautista’s option for the 2018 season, so Bruce, a power lefty bat and three-time All-Star in right field, makes a lot of sense for them to target.
The Major League Baseball postseason always produces superstars. Some of those who emerge are expected, while some are unlikely players who go from anonymity to household name overnight. That can happen thanks to a hot streak at the right time, a dramatic home run, a surprisingly great pitching performance, or some sterling defensive play.
Here is a list of 20 players who have been the standout players so far during the 2017 MLB playoffs.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
The potential AL MVP had a great regular season, and that has carried over into the postseason. Altuve, for as well-known and well-respected as he is across baseball, has never really had that signature moment or stretch of performances to really establish himself as a major star. In his only previous playoff series — the 2015 ALDS against Kansas City — he went just 3-for-22.
This year, he promptly opened his postseason with a three-homer game, and he hasn’t looked back since. He hit an astonishing .533 against Boston, and has only slightly cooled in the ALCS, hitting a mere .357. He’s a superstar now, and everyone is taking notice.
Yasiel Puig, OF Dodgers
For much of his career, Puig has been better known for bat flips, off-field antics, and on-field mental errors than for star power on the field. Sure, he has always had spectacular plays in him, but it would be fair to say he had never put it all together. Not anymore.
Puig is having an absolutely dominant postseason, hitting .429 and driving in six runs in Los Angeles’s first six games. It’s too soon to say that he’s found something permanently — Puig has had hot stretches before — but if this keeps up, he’ll evolve into a superstar he once looked destined to become.
Whoever was running the Cleveland Indians’ Twitter account on Thursday night was feeling saucy.
Jay Bruce provided the offense for the Indians in their 4-0 win over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS. The outfielder smashed a 2-run home run and double off Sonny Gray, and he also added an RBI sac fly.
After Bruce’s home run, Cleveland’s Twitter account sent the following tweet:
That seemed to be aimed at the Yankees.
You may recall that Bruce was on the trade block for several weeks before the Indians acquired him in August. Cleveland agreed to pay the full remainder of Bruce’s $13 million salary, taking the Mets off the hook. The Yankees were also contenders to acquire Bruce. One of the holdups reportedly was that they were only willing to pay a portion of his salary.
Whether that information is true or not is unconfirmed, but that didn’t stop the Indians’ Twitter account from running with it.
The New York Yankees and New York Mets have completed only 16 trades throughout their history, the last coming in 2014 when pitcher Gonzalez Germen was sent from Flushing to the Bronx. But that low number is not for lack of effort — at least on the Bombers’ part.
The New York rivals have twice engaged in trade conversations this season, the first involving first baseman Lucas Duda and the latest involving outfielder Jay Bruce.
In each case however, the Yankees were left empty-handed when the Mets opted to go in a different direction. Duda was shipped off to the AL East, but that came by way of the Tampa Bay Rays. Bruce also ended up in the American League, but it was with the Cleveland Indians as opposed to the Yankees.
While the Duda trade falling through is easy to dismiss, the same can not be said for the Bruce trade. Multiple reports suggest the Yankees offered up a handful of prospects and even agreed to take on some of Bruce’s salary.
The curious nature of the Mets’ decision has left some within the Yankees organization to ponder whether or not the management of their cross-town rivals was instructed to avoid doing business with them all together, reports the New York Daily News.
The Yankees weren’t sure what to make of the Mets’ deal with the Indians, sources told the News, and, at least privately, they wondered if Met management was instructed not to do business with the Yankees at all. And there are certainly questions if the Mets got the best return they could after not wanting to deal with the Bombers.
Ultimately, Cleveland was willing to take on all of Bruce’s salary, which could have been the tipping point for the Mets. But considering the Yankees had reportedly agreed to send two hand-picked prospects to the Mets and take on some of Bruce’s salary, it does raise some eyebrows.
In addition to picking up Bruce’s salary, the Indians also sent minor-league reliever Ryder Ryan (3-4, 4.79 ERA) to the Mets.
Jay Bruce is heading to Cleveland.
The Indians acquired Bruce in a trade with the New York Mets Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan says the Indians will be taking on all of Bruce’s contract, which calls for him to be paid $13 million this year.
They are also sending minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan to the Mets as part of the deal.
Bruce was placed on revocable waivers by the Mets last week and passed through, making him eligible to be traded to any team.
Bruce should bring some power to Cleveland. He’s batting .258/.324/.524 with 29 home runs this season. The Indians have a need in the outfield now that Michael Brantley has been placed on the DL with a sprained ankle.
Jay Bruce should be available on the market for interested MLB teams after clearing waivers.
FOX MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that Bruce has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded.
Bruce, 30, has smacked 20 doubles and 29 home runs this season, so he could provide plenty of power for teams. He has mostly played outfield throughout his career, but the Mets also had him playing some first base this season.
Bruce is under contract to earn $13 million this season and is owed $4 million for the remainder of the year.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is nearing, and there is a good chance that several big-name players will be moved as the deadline looms.
While some big trades have already been made, teams are still looking to improve. Several sellers are still dangling pieces — or contemplating whether to move that free agent-to-be — as the market heats up.
Here is a list of six big names who could find themselves on the move within the next week.
1) Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland A’s
Gray is perhaps the most likely member of this list to be traded, as it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that he will not be with the Oakland Athletics on August 1. It’s easy to see why.
The right-hander is still only 27, has a career ERA under three and a half, and most importantly, he will remain under team control through the 2019 season. Whoever gets Gray will have him on board for another two and a half years. And this is a guy who only has one genuinely bad season to his name.
It’s no surprise then that there have been a lot of suitors for Gray. The New York Yankees appear to be at the forefront of negotiations, and the Houston Astros have been frequently linked as well.
Gray will likely be very expensive in terms of prospects, largely due to all that team control he has left, and will likely be moved in one of the deadline’s bigger blockbusters.
2) Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers