4. Jay Bruce to Dodgers
For a team 13 games above .500 and merely two games back in the NL West, the Dodgers will simply be in search of finishing touches. Given the organization’s ongoing uncertainty with Yasiel Puig, Jay Bruce can provide that finishing touch.
Not only would he slide seamlessly into right field, but he would give a needed jolt to a Dodgers lineup which currently ranks 19th in baseball in runs scored (450), 24th in batting average (.245), and 19th in home runs (115).
With Los Angeles, it is never a question of whether they are “all in.” Ownership will spend money and trade assets if it means getting one step closer to a world championship.
Bruce, 29, is exactly what contending teams are interested in: a run producer. Along with his superb home run total (25), he leads the National League in RBIs (80) while maintaining a stellar OPS (.875).
Expect the Dodgers to act fast on any chance to acquire the Reds’ outfielder.