The Mets and Reds have agreed on a trade that will send outfielder Jay Bruce to the Mets for second base prospect Dilson Herrera and left-handed pitcher Max Wotell.
The Mets were pretty close to pulling off a trade for Bruce at the 2015 deadline before that deal fell apart and the Mets nabbed Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers instead. This time the Mets hauled in Bruce, who will presumably play right field with Curtis Granderson moving to center or elsewhere. For his part, Granderson said today he’d be fine playing in center.
Bruce, who turned 29 in April, is making $12.5 million this year. The Mets hold a $13 million team option for 2017. Bruce finished 10th in MVP voting with the Reds in 2012 and 2013 and has made three All-Star teams, including this year’s.
Herrera, the erstwhile Mets’ second baseman of the future, came to the Mets in August 2013 in a waiver-deadline deal with the Pirates that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh. Herrera is hitting .276/.327/.465 this year in 389 plate appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Wotell, whom the Mets selected in the third round in 2015, is currently pitching in rookie ball with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League. He has 31 strikeouts and 12 walks in 29.2 innings with a 3.94 ERA in six starts.