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Reaction Roundup: Mets trade for Jay Bruce

Fans of advanced metrics seem less enthused than traditional sportswriters.

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Yesterday, the Mets tried to replicate their 2015 mojo by acquiring a power-hitting corner outfielder shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline, acquiring Jay Bruce from the Reds for second baseman Dilson Herrera and left-handed pitching prospect Max Wotell. We’ve rounded up some of the many opinions on the trade below.


  • David Lennon of Newsday says that Bruce will give the Mets an “offensive jolt,” but notes that the trade feels less substantial than the Yoenis Cespedes trade of July 31, 2015.
  • Ted Berg of USA Today’s For the Win says that while Bruce was one of the best available bats, he doesn’t believe the Mets look “significantly more apt to remain in contention” because of the move.
  • Adam Rubin of ESPN, like many others, comments that Bruce should help the Mets with their anemic hitting with runners in scoring position.
  • Marc Carig of Newsday says that while Bruce will help, the Mets need more to “slay the RISP goblins.”
  • Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated “couldn’t imagine” what the Mets would give up to make this trade make sense.
  • Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball says that the Mets are getting a “great hitter, a great guy, but an interesting fit” in Bruce.
  • Eno Sarris of Fangraphs believes that the trade makes the Mets “even more Mets,” as it doubles down on their offense first, defense be damned approach to the outfield.
  • Craig Calcalterra of NBC Sports believes that Bruce has value for the Mets but, much like Sandy Alderson, sees him as an ‘imperfect fit.’
  • Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record wonders if leaving the friendly confines of Great American Ballpark will have a negative effect on Bruce’s offense.
  • Michael Baumann of the Ringer asks if the Mets can ‘play five corner outfielders at once.’
  • Dan Szymborski of ESPN loves the trade...for the Reds.
  • Brian Kenny of MLB Network thinks that the Mets’ desire of Bruce is “puzzling.”
  • Dave Cameron of Fangraphs believes the Mets are on the verge of the “worst defense of all time,” and also notes how this trade follows the trend of this year’s deadline deals, where teams sell off players that have fallen out of favor recently.
  • Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated just snarf’d at the trade.