Bruce struggled mightily for essentially the entirety of the 2 months that he wore a Mets uniform. The Mets, however, made the right decision when the exercised the $13 million option. It provided the club a fallback option in case they failed in re-signing Yoenis Cespedes.
Well, fortunately, the Mets and Cespedes came to terms on a 4 year/$110 million deal but leaves one major question on the balance of the outfield. Of course, Yoenis is penciled in for Left Field every day, but there’s Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, and Michael Conforto as well as Bruce. Only three of them can start and none of them are Centerfielders which has the Mets backed into a corner.
It seems in all likelihood that Granderson will play center unless the Mets surprise us and add a centerfielder. Curtis has been the ultimate professional and has shown willingness even at the age of 35 (and will be 36 before opening day 2017) to play center.
General Manager Sandy Alderson seems intent on wanting to get Michael Conforto at-bats every day and that can’t happen unless Bruce is moved. It will remain to be seen what the Mets can get in return for Bruce but it’s important for the team to ensure they get the right return in the deal. The Mets can’t settle by just dumping Bruce to a team that will take the $13 million owed to him.
This seems to be the last big question for the Mets offseason besides the potential Jeurys Familia domestic violence suspension length (if given).
It would behoove the Mets to find the right trade partner for Bruce so they can start Michael Conforto every day in right field.
What will happen? It’s anyone’s guess at this point if Bruce is able to get moved, or else the Mets need to consider starting Conforto in Triple-A Las Vegas to begin 2017.