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Jay Bruce starts at first 00:02:59
Mets Talk Live discusses Jay Bruce's start at first base against the Astros and if he will get more starts there during the season.

Jay Bruce played four innings at first base during Tuesday's win against the Astros.

"Well, no one got hurt, so that's a good sign," he said smiling after the game. "I've played first base a lot in my life, just not very much in the big leagues."

In an effort to create back-up options to Lucas Duda, Terry Collins said he approached Bruce about playing first base at the start of camp.

"I wasn't sure, being a veteran guy, being in his free agent year, how he would handle it," Collins told USA Today in late February. "But he came in, and has handled it great."

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jay Bruce will start at first base on Tuesday when the Mets travel to face the Astros.

Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson are starting in the outfield Tuesday, from left to right. Lucas Duda is the designated hitter.

Bruce said earlier during spring training that he would be willing to play first base during the regular season -- something Neil Walker and David Wright are also open to.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Bruce continues hot spring 00:05:11
Jay Bruce is off to a hot start this spring as he looks to solidify his role with the Mets for the 2017 season.

Mets OF Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with a double and his first home run of the spring during Wednesday's 8-7 win against the Red Sox in St. Lucie.

"I try not to worry about the actual results of spring training games," he said. "But that my work is kind of in line with where I feel like it needs to be this time of year. It's going well so far.

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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 22, 2017; Bruce (19) poses during photo day at Tradition Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY
Feb 22, 2017; Bruce (19) poses during photo day at Tradition Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY

Mets OF Jay Bruce is happy to be back with the Mets, and willing to do whatever is needed to help the team win, he recently told USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

"The whole time I just assumed I was going being traded,'' Bruce said about hearing countless offseason trade rumors. "Honestly, the way everything went down, I did not think I would be back. ... But, I'm definitely glad it's back here. Believe me, I'm very, very happy to be back.''

As it stands, Bruce will begin the season as New York's starting right fielder. However, he's told Terry Collins he's willing to do whatever is needed, including back up first base, to help cover any injuries the team may be forced to deal with...

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Why is Duda being overlooked? 00:04:39
Mets Talk Live discusses the impact Lucas Duda can make in the lineup this season if he is able to move forward from his back injury.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda said he felt good after swinging a bat Wednesday in St. Lucie, he told NJ.com's Matt Ehalt.

Duda, who was cleared by doctors earlier in the day, told reporters that he expects to make his Spring Training debut in the next few days. He took grounders Monday, but missed all three workouts this past weekend and after getting cortisone shots Friday in each hip.

"We'll take a few days now, instead of taking two weeks down the road," Duda explained, according to NJ.com. "We're just being cautious. In a couple days, I should be ready to go."

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The Mets considered trading OF Michael Conforto for Tigers OF J.D. Martinez before re-signing Yoenis CespedesJon Heyman of FanRag sports reported.

According to Heyman, the Mets decided that one year of Martinez, who will be a free agent after this season, in exchange for Conforto, wasn't enough.

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported on Jan. 5 that the Mets had made calls to Detroit about the possibility of trading for Martinez before agreeing to a four-year deal with Cespedes...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • 3B David Wright will likely serve as a designated hitter initially during Grapefruit League games.
  • If RHP Jeurys Familia is suspended for his domestic violence incident, Collins is not worried about him keeping himself in shape during the time away from the team.
  • OF Jay Bruce will not take fly balls in center field during Spring Training.
  • The Mets have seen the potential of C Travis d'Arnaud, who is "extremely dangerous" when he's swigning well. "Everybody is allowed to have a bad year," Collins said about d'Arnaud's performance in 2016...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
  • Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.

 

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets OF Jay Bruce speaks to the media in St. Lucie for the first time in 2017 (Photo: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets OF Jay Bruce speaks to the media in St. Lucie for the first time in 2017 (Photo: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets OF Jay Bruce walked in to the team's media room, sat down at the microphone, answered every question, said all the right things, smiled once or twice, got up and walked back in to the clubhouse. The end...

He was professional and courteous, complimented the roster and hyped the team's potential. But, he also spoke like someone dragged to a party he was not invited to attend.

"I'm here until I'm not," he said with a dry tone when asked about rumors of Sandy Alderson attempting to trade him before Spring Training.

It's a perfect response, because it's true for all of us. But the context of Bruce's short seven months in New York, it has a different meaning. It reads and sounded like someone biding his time...

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 (Brad Penner (USA Today))
(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Mets OF Jay Bruce had a "pretty easy time" with the trade rumors during the offseason, he said Thursday in Port St. Lucie.

"I'm here until I'm not," Bruce explained, adding that he's been going through trade rumors for two years and didn't concern himself with them.

The Mets picked up Bruce's option after the season, but efforts to trade him failed. He was then told last month that the plan was for him to be the team's everyday right fielder.

Regarding the possibility of getting time at first base, Bruce said he hasn't been told anything yet but that if the Mets want him to, he'll "bust his ass" to make sure he does what he can at first base...

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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1) Travis d'Arnaud has a lot on shoulders as he works to improve his health, swing and throwing from behind the plate. "But, he's up for it," he knows he had a bad year in 2016 and he believes he can be better than that...

2) Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have been told to approach spring training the same way they did last year, with Familia slotted as the closer and Reed as the team's set-up man, despite reports that Familia could be suspended to start the season...

3) David Wright is expected to start throwing a baseball later this week. There will be some activities this spring that Wright takes part in and some that he will not >> Read more.

4) Jay Bruce will get some time practicing at first base, mostly as a hedge against the potential of losing Lucas Duda's power to an injury during the season >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Willie Reed
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Aug 3, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) bats against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Bruce would draw a walk in the at-bat. (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Aug 3, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) bats against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Bruce would draw a walk in the at-bat. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Mets OF Jay Bruce will get at least "some" time fielding ground balls at first base, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

According to Collins, because Lucas Duda is coming off an injury-shortened season, he'd like to see Bruce get exposure to first base, in the event Duda ends up injured again.

That said, Collins noted, "We're not pushing it on him."

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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Jeurys Familia, who is awaiting a potential suspension due to his domesitc violence incident, needs to get ready physically and show people he's sorry for his actions.
  • The team will put together a schedule for 3B David Wright, who is coming off neck surgery.
  • Wright may get grounders at first base at some point during Spring Training, but there's no plan to do so yet.
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard
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Should Mets trade Lagares? 00:02:58
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Mets should trade Juan Lagares.

Teams are interested in trading for Mets OF Juan Lagaresaccording to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, 27, will make $4.5 million this season and is owed an additional $25 million through 2020, after which he can be a free agent.

He hit .239 with a .301 OBP and .380 SLG in 79 games last season while missing time due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Lagares also suffered a mild right shoulder sprain diving for a ball in the Dominican Republic Winter League, the team confirmed to multiple reporters in November. Team doctors later examined him in New York and found no reason for concern. He is expected to be fully healed for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 15, 2016; Bruce against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Credit: Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2016; Bruce against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Credit: Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets recently informed Jay Bruce they intend to have him be their everyday right fielder to start the 2017 season, sources told the NY Post's Ken Davidoff.

GM Sandy Alderson had reportedly been shopping Bruce for multiple prospects in an effort to create more playing time for Michael Conforto and free up money to acquire a relief pitcher.

In a recent article for the NY Post, columnist Kevin Kernan argues in favor of keeping Bruce on the roster, despite his late-summer slump and what his presence might do to Conforto's playing time...

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Hot Stove talks Conforto in 2017 00:02:26
Mets Hot Stove discusses what outfielder Michael Conforto's role will be this season and if he'll possibly start the year in Triple-A.

Agent Scott Boras, who represents Michael Conforto, says the Mets outfielder deserves the chance to prove his ability in the major leagues next season. 

Despite the Mets reportedly trying to deal right fielder Jay Bruce this offseason, the team has informed Bruce that he will start as the team's right fielder, which could leave Conforto as the odd-man out. 

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Bruce to start in RF 00:05:47
Andy Martino, John Harper and Doug Williams debate the Mets' plan to start Jay Bruce in right field for the upcoming season.

The Mets have informed Jay Bruce that they intend on keeping him as their everyday right fielder to start the season, according to Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.

GM Sandy Alderson has reportedly been shopping Bruce around in an effort to free up money and receive a prospect or two in return.

If Bruce returns as the team's everyday right fielder, it is believed that Curtis Granderson will see action in center field and Yoenis Cespedes will remain in his more natural position in left field. Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto would then serve as bench players for Terry Collins to plug into his outfield rotation.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Jay Bruce (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Jay Bruce (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

According to countless reports since December, the Mets have been trying to trade Jay Bruce and his salary so they can free up money to add a relief pitcher.

Bruce is due $13 million next season, after which he can be a free agent.

In the event Bruce is traded, Yoenis Cespedes is expected to start most days in left field, with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares splitting time across center and right field.

That said, it's quite clear the Mets totally misread the market for power hitters and outfielders this winter. Or, this is a risk they were willing to accept. In either case, position players are due to report to St. Lucie in less than three weeks and Bruce is still on the roster, which is why Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently told reporters it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders, including Bruce.

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Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)

In a weekend article for the Daily News, columnist John Harper wonders if -- at this point -- the Mets better off keeping Jay Bruce, as opposed to trading him >> Read the full article here!

According to Harper, while former GMs Dan O'Dowd and Ned Colletti believe the Mets are better off keeping Bruce, former Mets GM Steve Phillips said he would simply give Bruce away because the money saved would allow the them to address the bullpen.

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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders in camp, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

Alderson indicated it would be difficult to trade Curtis Granderson, instead of Bruce, because the Mets need Granderson to play center field.

In the event Bruce starts the season in a Mets uniform, he'll presumably remain a midseason trade candidate. However, for at least a couple of the month, Terry Collins may find himself with a jam-packed outfield. How might they juggle four every day players - Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Granderson and Bruce - for three spots? And, do it in a way that maximizes their production?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Jay Bruce (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Jay Bruce (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

The Orioles and free-agent Mark Trumbo have reached agreement on a three-year, roughly $37 million deal, according to multiple reports on MLB Trade Rumors.

Despite acquiring Trumbo and OF Seth Smith, Baltimore would still like to add a left-handed-hitting outfielder, according to MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko. However, instead of someone like Bruce, they prefer a player better known for his fielding, such as free-agents Michael Bourn and Angel Pagan.

Earlier this week, the Blue Jays re-signed OF Jose Bautista to one-year, $18 million deal and the Phillies and free-agent OF Michael Saunders reportedly agreed to a one-year, $9 million.

CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury said the Phillies had shown interest in trading for Bruce, but were reluctant to deal multiple prospects to get him.

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Latest on Jay Bruce 00:05:04
Mets Hot Stove analyzes the Mets decision to either trade Jay Bruce or keep him on the roster.

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field on Thursday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

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The market for free agents has been "slow to nonexistent," meaning the Mets will reassess their options -- including keeping OF Jay Bruce -- GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday at Citi Field.

Alderson said it would be hard to trade Curtis Granderson since he's also capable of playing center field.

Calling the current payroll level "tolerable," Alderson said the Mets could potentially add a free agent reliever without first trading an outfielder.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia
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Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Braves have traded center fielder Mallex Smith and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons to the Mariners, who later flipped Smith in a deal to the Rays.

In late-December, major-league sources told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the Mets had been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, though the move would require first trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson >> Read more from Dec. 20.

According to Rosenthal, though the Mets had talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there was no momentum toward making a deal...

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Will Jay Bruce ever be traded? 00:05:17
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the trade market for Jay Bruce and which teams he would fit the best with.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is operating under a mandate not to spend on new players until he removes money currently on the payroll, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

While Alderson is notorious for wanting to begin the season with budget space to make in-season deals, which he has done the past two years, I hope this is not accurate considering the organization is coming off back-to-back postseason appearances.

In either case, Alderson obviously wants to trade Jay Bruce and his $13 million salary for an established, high-leverage, right-handed relief pitcher, then use his remaining money to sign a left-handed reliever and any pitcher willing to accept a minor-league deal.

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Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reportedly been trying to trade Jay Bruce for a relief pitcher or prospects, while freeing up salary to sign additional help for their bullpen.

In the last four months, the Orioles, Rangers, Blue Jays, Giants and other teams have all reportedly shown some level interest in trading for Bruce.

Here's how I would characterize each team as a possible trade partner...

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Latest on Jay Bruce trade front 00:04:58
Baseball Night in New York discusses the Mets situation with Jay Bruce and where he could end up.

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Jan. 3 | 4:35PM

The Phillies are looking to add an outfielder and would be interested in acquiring Mets OF Jay Bruce if it meant not giving up significant prospects, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

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Jun 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brad Brach (35) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brad Brach (35) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Orioles are still open to dealing right-handed setup man Brad Brach, assuming it's 'the right deal,' according to Baltimore reporter Roch Kubatko.

The Mets expressed interest in acquiring Brach during the Baseball Winter Meetings in early December, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported at the time.

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Mets OF Jay Bruce and free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets OF Jay Bruce and free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The MLB hot stove is essentially ice cold, especially within the outfield and bullpen markets, which is where the Mets are most interested in spending their time and money.

"I've never seen it like this," a veteran agent recently told the NY Post's Ken Davidoff regarding the lack of activity across all of baseball, not just the Mets.

In an order to end the "gridlock," Davidoff says team officials need to first return to work from the holidays, which will happen today. Then, as spring training nears, hopefully a handful of owners will see bargains, open their wallets and to start to spend.

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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Free-agent sluggers Mark Trumbo, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Free-agent sluggers Mark Trumbo, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Indians will sign free-agent 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal, according to multiple reports, meaning the Orioles, Rangers and Blue Jays are likely still searching of a power-hitting corner outfielder.

There are multiple teams with at least some interest in trading for Mets OF Jay Bruce -- such as the Mariners, Cardinals and Giants. However, when all is said done, MLB insiders continue to tell me that Texas, Baltimore and Toronto will be Sandy Alderson's best trade target.

The return in a deal for Bruce is not going to be exciting, they say. Instead, I'm told to still expect a low-cost, low-ceiling reliever or one or two minor leaguers, with the acquiring team picking up the bulk of Bruce's $13 million salary.

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Mets looking for CF help? 00:06:04
Baseball Night in New York examines the Mets' center field situation and whether or not the team should make a trade.

The Mets have had trade talks to acquire a center fielder, but prices are high and Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson need to be traded first, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote Dec. 19.

Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said on record that he doesn't see himself trading both outfielders this winter. However, last month, a Mets official told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan that it's possible...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec. 20 | 8:22AM

The Blue Jays remain in talks with the Mets about a possible deal involving Jay Bruce or Curtis Grandersonaccording to FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi.

The day the Mets announced the Yoenis Cespedes signing, a Mets official told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post that trading both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson was possible.

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Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen and Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (Credit: USA Today Images)
Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen and Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets have been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, major-league sources recently told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

According to Rosenthal, though the Mets have talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there has been no momentum in making a deal. At the same time, the Mets are not looking to acquire a one-year rental player, such as Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.

The day the Mets announced the Yoenis Cespedes signing, a Mets official told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post that trading both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson was possible. Both players would likely need to be dealt in order to make room for McCutchen.

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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Orioles, Rangers, and Blue Jays continue to be talked about as the most likely destination for Jay Bruce, according to several MLB insiders.

There are other teams with interest, and other teams that make sense for Bruce -- such as the Mariners, Indians, Cardinals and Giants. However, the current buzz points to Texas, Baltimore and Toronto ending up as the best fit when all is said and done.

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Aug 15, 2016; Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2016; Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In early November, the Mets could have paid $1 million to cut ties with outfielder Jay Bruce, making him a free agent, and adding $12 million to their offseason budget.

Instead, it's December, Bruce and his $13 million are still on the Mets, who are in a budget crunch, there's no need for him on their roster and he's being largely ignored by the trade market.

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Sep 27, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer during the second inning against Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Sep 27, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer during the second inning against Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The outfield market has not changed much since the end of last week's Baseball Winter Meetings, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday during the team's Kids Holiday Party at Citi Field.

The price on position players -- especially outfielders -- started dropping toward the end of Winter Meetings, multiple MLB insiders told MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone at the time.

According to multiple reports, Alderson has been working to trade Jay Bruce for a low-cost relief pitcher in an effort to shed payroll and restock his bullpen.

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Sep 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts after delivering a final out against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts after delivering a final out against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have not ruled out exploring a trade for White Sox RH reliever David Robertson, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig.

Robertson, 31, will earn $12 million in 2017, $13 million in 2018, and then be a free agent.

He had a 3.47 ERA (3.58 FIP) and 37 saves for the White Sox last season, while striking out 75 batters in 64 innings.

In September, Robertson had arthroscopic surgery to clean up a meniscus issue in his left knee. However, the White Sox have repeatedly said he'll be 100 percent for the start of spring training.

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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Dec 9 | 10:00AM

The Mets initially thought the Rangers and Blue Jays were a possible landing spot for Jay Bruce, but - so far - both teams have just limited interest, according to NY Post reporter Mike Puma.


Matthew Cerrone: The market for Bruce will develop after free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are off the market. The Rangers, Jays, Orioles and Indians are all reportedly interested in Encarnacion and Bautista, but they all can't sign them. Eventually, these two will sign new contracts, leaving two other teams - and the Giants and Dodgers - turning to the trade market to fill their DH and outfield vacancies. 

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Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 7 | 3:20 PM

The Mets met with the Rangers on Wednesday, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.


Matthew Cerrone: In addition to starting pitching, the Rangers have reportedly been looking to acquire a corner outfielder or Designated Hitter, such as Jay Bruce. At the same, I've heard from MLB insiders that they've been offering up RH reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who the Mets had interest in acquiring last summer before he was dealt from the Brewers to Rangers with Jonathan Lucroy. It's worth also noting that Texas still has Lucroy, who the Mets were trying to trade for last summer, as well, despite saying they were committed to Travis d'Arnaud. I see no evidence that the Rangers are looking to deal Lucroy. But, if they are, I assume the Mets would be intrigued, despite again saying they're commited to d'Arnaud.

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Free-agent OF Dexter Fowler, Royals OF Lorenzo Cain and Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (USA Today Images)
Free-agent OF Dexter Fowler, Royals OF Lorenzo Cain and Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (USA Today Images)

The price on position players -- especially outfielders -- is going down by the minute, according to multiple MLB market markers.

The top-tier, free-agent market includes outfielders Dexter Fowler, Jose Bautista and Ian Desmond, while the trade market reportedly includes Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), Adam Eaton (White Sox), Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson (Royals), Odubel Herrera (Phillies) and Jay Bruce (Mets), among others.

"If I'm Fowler, I give up making $18-20 million a season and quickly grab one of those four-year, $60 million offers, because it might not be there if he waits," a team executive told me.

In regards to the Mets, this doesn't bode well for wanting to trade Bruce. And, it probably explains why reports now indicate Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto are off the table. Because, if prices are dropping, it's not worth moving them.

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Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson should have at least one or two reasonable trades on the table for OF Jay Bruce, according to teams that have talked with the Mets.

However, because he's comfortable with slow-playing the free-agent market for relief pitchers, Alderson appears totally fine holding off on dealing Bruce for an arm, while letting the outfield market play out and revisiting his options during December.

"Things are generally slow," Alderson explained Tuesday, talking to reporters. "Hopefully things start to loosen up a little bit. ...Clubs are still trying to figure out exactly what they think is exactly the best way to go. The contours of the market are still a little bit vague, so you don't see a lot of movement."

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Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Mets are not trading both Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce so they can sign free-agent OF Dexter Fowlera high-ranking team official told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

This is disappointing, if true. I'm sure it is, but I also know Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his front office tend to make statements based on what's happening at that specific moment, and it does not necessarily recognize where things are headed.

Remember, Alderson and his staff repeatedly told reporters that the Mets wouldn't release Jason Bay, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, nor would they be trading Carlos Beltran and RA Dickey, and they eventually did all of the above. I'm not saying the Mets will sign Fowler, or trade both Bruce or Granderson, I'm simply suggesting that we all take what they say with a grain of salt... because things have a way of changing as the environment changes around them...

That said, this is exactly the move I want to see the Mets make.

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are not yet willing to pay some of Curtis Granderson's $15 million salary or Jay Bruce's $13 million salary to help trade them during this week's Winter Meetings.

"Not at this point," Alderson said Monday, when specifically asked about the scenario.

Alderson is not usually this vague, though, which makes me think he'll eventually give in. However, right now, it's early enough in the off season that he isn't feeling desperate. Instead, I'm hearing they're more likely to give up a prospect or two in the deal, so the acquiring team is incentivized to absorb Bruce's $13 million.

Remember, the goal here is to a acquire as many relief pitchers as possible before the start of spring training, and I see Alderson eventually getting his men one of the following ways...

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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Dec 5 | 3:50 PM

The Mets have been in contact with the Orioles about a potential trade of Curtis Granderson or Jay Brucereports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Earlier today, a source told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin that the Orioles recently rejected Sandy Alderson's efforts to trade Bruce for a high-end reliever.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets may be targeting O's right-handed reliever Brad Brach, who had two saves and a 2.05 ERA (2.92 FIP), while striking out 92 batters during 74 innings last season.

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Hot Stove: Will Jay Bruce move? 00:03:49
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets' eagerness to trade Jay Bruce and the possibility that the move will happen during the Winter Meetings.

Dec. 4 | 5:45PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that it's "unlikely" the Mets will trade more than one outfielder as he arrived for the winter meetings, which get under way Monday in suburban Washington."I don't see that happening."

Dec. 4 | 2:45PM

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Hot Stove: Winter priorities 00:03:22
The Hot Stove Panel talks about the Mets' most pressing concerns heading into this week's Winter Meetings.
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What is the ideal Mets outfield? 00:02:33
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Mets Hot Stove discusses the team's outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Are they likelier to trade Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson?

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