The Mets and Reds worked through the night on a Jay Bruce trade, and this morning the deal appears close to fruition. ESPN New York is reporting that the two teams are reviewing medical information and are nearing the completion of a trade that would send Zack Wheeler to Cincinnati and Bruce to New York. There might be another piece or two added on each side, as well.
Medical information, of course, was the reason supplied for the cancellation of the trade for Carlos Gomez that appeared complete on Wednesday evening. After it fell through, it was rumored that the Mets really backed out because of financial concerns. At least right now, the Mets don't seem to have the same concerns about paying Bruce, who is due $12.5 million next year with a club option worth $13 million in 2017. This year, he's hitting for a 123 wRC+.
If the Mets are able to acquire Bruce, they could play him and Michael Conforto in the corners while moving Curtis Granderson to center field, where he hasn't played regularly since 2012. A more defense-friendly approach would be to send Conforto back to the minor leagues, play Bruce in right field, move Granderson to left field, and keep the center field platoon of Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.