Mets OF Jay Bruce still has a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, which expires at the end of this season, a source recently told James Wagner of the New York Times.
According to Wagner, Bruce has the right to veto a deal sending him to the A's, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Phillies, Rays, Twins, and Yankees.
Matthew Cerrone: Other than Arizona, I don't see any of the above teams looking to trade for Bruce. I mean, maybe the Yankees could use him at DH, or even first base, but they'll likely encounter better matchups as they move through the trade market.
That said, while I've heard the D-backs are intrigued by Bruce, it hinges on how their talks go with the Tigers for J.D. Martinez. Arizona has also reportedly asked about Asdrubal Cabrera, so they could be a nice overall trade partner worth keeping an eye on during July.
I'm still not convinced Sandy Alderson is going to trade Bruce. I think if a team is willing to pay a nice price, Alderson will obviously do it. If not, though, I bet he keeps Bruce for the rest of this season -- and he may even consider bringing him back for 2018, depending on how the Mets intend to handle center field, i.e., Michael Conforto. In the end, there's no point in dealing Bruce just to deal him, especially since he'll almost certainly reject the team's qualifying offer.
In 84 games this season, Bruce is batting .267 with an .867 OPS. He's currently on pace to finish this season with 44 home runs and 113 RBI, both of which would be a career high.
Bruce, 30, is due roughly $6 million the rest of this season, after which he can be a free agent.