Mets GM Sandy Alderson is not ruling out the idea of bringing free agent-to-be Jay Bruce back to the Mets after the season.
"Right now he is the property of the Cleveland Indians," Alderson said on Thursday. "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."
The Mets traded outfielder Jay Bruce to the Indians in exchange for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, the team announced Wednesday night. As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. FanRag's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees were in talks to acquire the outfielder but wanted the Mets to pay some of Bruce's contract.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Yankees offered multiple prospects in an attempt to land Bruce, but the Mets preferred Cleveland's deal.
"My responsibility is to get the best deal possible and when we look at an opportunity for one club vs. another club, there are also other considerations including cost," Alderson said. "Taking all that into account, thats the route we decided to go."
Bruce, who was acquired by the Mets last year in a trade with the Reds, hit a team-leading 29 home runs with 75 RBIs in 103 games this season. During his year-and-half tenure with the Mets, Bruce hit .247 and slugged 37 home runs.
Ryan, a 30th-round pick of the Indians in 2016, is 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA in 33 relief appearances with Class A Lake County this year. He will be assigned to Class A Columbia in the South Atlantic League.
Jay Bruce wanted to pass this along to Mets fans: pic.twitter.com/z8i7q7AeuO- Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 10, 2017