The Mets dealt Bruce to the Indians on August 9th in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.
The Mets acquired Bruce from the Reds in a midseason trade in 2016, but he initially struggled in the Big Apple, batting.219 with eight home runs in 50 games. Bruce came over to the Mets in a deadline deal with the Reds in 2016, and then was traded from NY to Cleveland when the Mets fell out of contention last summer. Bruce had a WAR of 2.9 during this season. In 2017, he batted.254/.324/.508, had 29 doubles, two triples, 36 home runs, and drove in 101 runs with both teams.
If you're able to give me one of those guys in a Mets uniform, I will be 100% more excited about the upcoming season.More news: Seahawks fire OC Darrell Bevell after 7 seasons
Mets fans have been clamoring for the team to spend some money to improve the club following its fourth-place finish in the NL East.
After a frustrating offseason where it looked like the Mets front office wouldn't make the moves the fan base was craving, it appears that the patience of Sandy Alderson once again prevailed as the Mets get a bona-fide slugger that they know can handle the pressures of NY. They have a nucleus. "It was bad to see that".
The biggest victor of this deal is Sandy Alderson who not only got a great player back in the organization, but was able to bring him back for a reasonable cost and more importantly a short three-year deal that will not handicap the organization in the long-term. Though Mike Moustakas' name had surfaced in chatter last week, the Mets don't view the free-agent third baseman as a realistic possibility. They have had talks with the Pirates about outfielder Andrew McCutchen and second baseman Josh Harrison, although Bruce's return would seem to make McCutchen less likely. He has worked at Newsday since August 31, 1998, and has been in his current position since July 5, 2004.