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Mets Finalize Three-Year Deal With Right Fielder Jay Bruce

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Jay Bruce is returning to Queens.

The New York Mets and Bruce finalized a three-year, $39 million deal on Tuesday, after several sources reported last Wednesday that the two sides had reached an agreement.

Bruce, 30, was a member of the Mets for the past two seasons. New York acquired Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds in August 2016 before placing him on waivers this past August, as he was picked up by the Cleveland Indians.

In 153 total games for the Mets, Bruce hit .245 (.256 in 2017) with 37 homers and 94 RBIs.

“They (The Mets) wasted no time in getting down to business and showing that they wanted me back,” said Bruce during a Wednesday press conference. “They wanted me to be here and wanted me to be a part of what I consider to be some unfinished business here as a Met.”

In his 10-year career (since 2008) for the Reds, Mets, and Indians, Bruce is a .249/.319/.472 hitter with 277 homers and 838 RBIs.

Bruce is coming off a solid 2017 season where he hit .254/.324/.508 with a career-high 36 homers (29 for New York), and 101 RBIs- the second highest total of his career.

“I can’t tell you how happy we are to have him back. Jay came to us in 2016, played a significant role in the late-season qualification for the playoffs and had an exceptional year for us last year and went on to perform extremely well for Cleveland. Strictly on the basis of performance, we’re very glad to have him back,” said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

According to MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg, Bruce is expected to play some first base for New York in 2018, as up-and-coming 22-year-old Dominic Smith will continue to establish himself as an everyday player.

Bruce has appeared in 15 career games at first base, 12 of them coming in 2017.

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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo

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The Miami Marlins have announced that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Pagliarulo took the post ahead of the 2016 season after previously serving as a hitting coach in Triple-A.

Pagliarulo will be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, and Eric Duncan will take the role of assistant hitting coach.

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Cardinals Place Tyler O’Neill, Mike Mayers On 10-Day IL

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The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Tyler O’Neill and right hander Mike Mayers on the 10-day injured list.

O’Neill suffered an ulnar nerve subluxation in his right elbow and Mayers has a strained lat.

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Brewers Acquire David Freitas From Mariners

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The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired catcher David Freitas from the Seattle Mariners, according to an official team announcement.

The Mariners will receiver minor-league pitcher Sal Biasi as part of the deal.

Freitas will immediately report to Triple-A after appearing in 36 games with the Mariners last season.

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