It turns out New York Mets supposed slugger Jay Bruce told his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, that he’d go anywhere except the Big Apple.
It’s September 5. The New York Mets are coming off a phenomenal series win against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.
They’re right there in the thick of the NL Wild Card hunt. Through it all, however, remains the struggling Jay Bruce.
Bruce continues to look lost at the plate. His current line looks like this: .198 / .270 / .327 with three home runs and eight runs batted in (111 plate appearances). Not only are Mets fans already fed up, but now comes the news that Bruce didn’t want any part of the Big Apple.
According to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, Bruce told his former employer, the Cincinnati Reds, that he’d be willing to be traded to any team other than the New York Mets.
Bruce has always been a strange player. His highs reach unthinkable levels while his lows are worse than anything imaginable. A player like this usually suffers in the city that literally breathes on your every move.[graphiq id=”3fZ93Gcqbt3″ title=”Jay Bruce” width=”500″ height=”748″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/3fZ93Gcqbt3″ link=”https://www.graphiq.com” link_text=”Visualization by Graphiq” ]
Bruce has a $13 million club option for 2017. At this very moment, it would be hard to imagine Sandy Alderson pulls the trigger on that one.