Jay Bruce (CIN)
If the Yankees are buyers, this move makes complete and logical sense.
With the Reds far out of contention, they are destined to be sellers and the name Jay Bruce will be coming up extremely often in conversation.
The 29-year-old outfielder is having a bounce back campaign in the truest sense of the word. On pace to finish with 34 homers and 119 RBIs, he is one of the lone bright spots on an otherwise bad Reds team.
He will become even more attractive due to the fact that he has a club option for 2017, which makes him more than just a rental. If the Yankees were to send a few above average prospects packaged with, say, a Brett Gardner in Cincinnati’s direction, they would have a deal.
Not only would it improve their outfield greatly, but the team would gain a force in the middle of the lineup to complement Carlos Beltran. Bruce is in his prime yet has been in the league for eight years. He has experience in meaningful games.
Expect the Yankees to be in on him if they are in the market for a bat.