Jay Bruce is hitting .253 with five HR and 18 RBI since being acquired by the Indians, who are 30-4 since their deal with the Mets.
His walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.
Their 22 straight wins are an American League record, and the second-longest winning streak ever, four games shy of the 1916 Giants, who won 26 straight games. That streak includes an unofficial tie that happened after their 12th straight win. The tie was called due to rain after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.
"I pretty much went from the least fun situation in baseball to the most fun," Bruce told reporters Wednesday following Cleveland's 21st straight win. "That's no slight to the Mets. ... I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself."
The Mets acquired Bruce from the Reds for infield prospect Dilson Herrera during July, 2016. The Mets reportedly tried to trade Bruce this past winter after picking up his $13 million option. In advance of him being a free agent after this season, the Mets traded Bruce in early-August to the Indians for low-level relief prospect Ryder Ryan.
"This team was awesome before I got here," Bruce said of his new teammates in Cleveland. "I'm happy if I can help out where I can."
In 153 games with New York, Bruce hit 37 home runs with 25 doubles and 95 RBI. He hit .480 during the final eight games last September as the Mets went 5-3 to secure a Wild Card spot.
He told MLB.com in late August that he will certainly consider re-signing with the Mets this winter, despite being traded by Sandy Alderson this past summer.
"From our standpoint, we had a great relationship, he was productive in New York and we'll keep the lines of communication open once its appropriate, as we will with most free agents," Mets GM Sandy Alderson added, when asked about reacquiring Bruce.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): I don't doubt Bruce enjoyed himself in New York, especially toward the end of last season. But, from what I've heard, the Mets are hardly his first choice to land with as a free agent. Based on what he was telling people last summer, I'd bet he's hoping to ink a deal with a team in Texas or California.
If he's getting no bites, obviously he'll consider New York, especially if the Mets are desperate and still searching for a bat during late winter. The point is, I expect both teams will pursue other options before seriously discussing a reunion.