The offseason just started today, and the New York Mets amongst other teams have already made some moves. The Mets have decided to pick up the $13 million club option of slugging outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mets acquired Bruce in a trade deadline deal from the Cincinnati Reds.
Although Bruce struggled, hitting only .219 in 50 games with the Mets, it would make little to no-sense to not exercise his option. With the team still unsure if Yoenis Cespedes will return next season as he is expected to opt out of his deal in the coming days, Bruce seems to be the big bat in the lineup for now. In total for 2016, Bruce hit 33 HR’s and finished with 99 RBI’s.
If Cespedes does leave to free agency, the Mets outfield will include some sort of combination of Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo. An option to see some time in the outfield could also be Jose Reyes.
If the Mets and Cespedes do work out a long term deal, Bruce may be an option to be traded at the deadline once again.