Just when you thought the New York Mets weren’t going to make any August trades, they’ve sent Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.
Source: Jay Bruce traded to #Indians.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 10, 2017
A free agent at the end of the season, Bruce was one of the few consistently productive bats in the Mets lineup. He led the team in both home runs (29) and RBI (75), while his .847 OPS trailed only Michael Conforto (.971).
There had been some speculation earlier in the season that the Indians may have had an interest in Bruce, but nothing materialized by the non-waiver trade deadline. But with Michael Brantley spraining his ankle Tuesday night, the Tribe was in need of another outfielder.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 10, 2017
A 30th-round pick in the 2016 draft, Ryan has appeared in 33 games for Single-A Lake County, going 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. While those numbers aren’t terrific, he is averaging more than a strikeout-per-inning.
Ryan’s fastball sits in the in the low-to-mid 90s, occasionally touching 96 mph. While he has a live arm, he’s still a raw talent and years away from contributing in the big leagues.
With Bruce — who had been manning first base recently — out of the picture, could this clear a path for Dominic Smith to finally join the Mets?
Time will tell if the youth movement continues in Queens.