The New York Mets outfielder has reportedly updated a list of five teams he does not want to be traded to in the wake of the beginning of the offseason.
According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce has updated his no-trade clause to five teams he does not want to be traded to. Those teams are the Detroit Tigers, the Miami Marlins, the Oakland Athletics, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sherman also notes that previously, Bruce’s list included the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners, with those two teams being swapped out for the Tigers and Marlins.
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While the Marlins and Tigers (and Orioles for that matter) aren’t particularly surprising, the fact that Bruce, who at this rate would be lucky to even get constant at-bats at the big league level, would reject to notion of being traded to the Athletics or the Blue Jays, two organizations with significant promise in their future, is somewhat puzzling.
Despite this, the Mets will most likely have a very tough time moving Bruce’s massive three-year, $39 million contract, which still has two years remaining. With the 31 year-old native of Texas putting up a measly slash of .223/.310/.370 in 94 games in a season that saw hit him the disabled list with a hip injury, he’s not the most attractive asset.
Beyond this, he hasn’t managed to produce since the 2016 season, when he was named an NL All-Star. In 2017, split between the Mets and Indians, he slashed .254/.324/.508, but managed to hit 36 home runs despite striking out 139 times.
Regardless, this entire debate is most likely moot, as the New York Mets probably won’t be able to find a taker for his contract, unless the organization is willing to eat some of his contract in order to move him. Still, it’ll be a somewhat interesting development to watch as we progress further and further into the offseason.