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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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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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