The Mets and Jay Bruce have shown mutual interest in the possibility of the free agent outfielder returning to New York this offseason, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.
On top of Bruce having played with the Mets, he also spent time with new manager Mickey Callaway in Cleveland last season after Bruce was traded to the Indians.
Bruce enjoyed a solid 2017, split in Cleveland and New York. He hit .254 with 36 HR, 101 RBI and a .324 OBP, all highs since 2013.
Carig also reports that the Mets' front office believes Bruce can play first base as well as the outfield, making him all the more appealing. Dominic Smith struggled with his first taste of the majors. In 49 games with the Mets, Smith hit just .198 with nine HR as well as dealing with weight concerns.
Recently, general manager Sandy Alderson commented on Smith's weight, saying: "Dominic's going to have to be careful about his conditioning, certainly in the next few years if not throughout his career."
Smith took no issue with the remarks, and said he's lost 12 pounds.
"I'm not taking anything for granted," Smith said Monday night in studio on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I know I didn't perform how I'd like and I'm definitely going to work my butt off. This is something I want to get under control and never make it an issue again. I'd rather go through this at 22 than go through it in my prime."